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Let There Be Light

” Genesis 1:3-5  God said, Let there be light; he willed it, and at once there was light…And in the new creation, the first thing that is wrought in the soul is light…The day and the night are the Lord’s; let us use both to his honour, by working for him every day, and resting in him every night, meditating in his law both day and night.” – Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

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From all the chaos of creation the first thing to emerge was light.  This says to me that light is an important thing when talking about healing and nourishing the soul.  So when my husband and I were creating GraceStone Sanctuary one of our chief aims was to fill it with as much light as possible.  We removed dusty tired drapes and cleaned the windows until they sparkled.  We polished dull wooden walls and floors until they shone fresh once again.  We exchanged dark and moody paneling with drywall painted antique ivory.  And we replaced smoky light fixtures from the 80’s era with vintage glass and crystal ones.
Finally the day came when the electrician had finished wiring and hanging each light.  That day is one we will remember – always.  As we went from room to room flipping on the switches, the house resounded with the kind of silence that is emitted during moments of deep reverence.  Each light seemed more beautiful than the next.  The house came alive with light.  The antique chandeliers and old pendant lights that had been discarded by previous owners had found a new place to shine with a new mission of welcoming strangers, friends, and family to receive regeneration of soul.
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photo courtesy of Tim Hernandez

How often have I needed to do the same thing to my internal spiritual home? Shaking off what no longer fills my soul with light and polishing the glass and wood of my spirit allows me to grow into a new spiritual brilliance. And I find that filling myself with song and scripture and other good words does the very same thing as all those refurbished lights hanging from the ceiling.  It brings out a more light and bright “me” to be welcoming and caring for all those I meet in my life journey.
Our prayer is that our home, GraceStone Sanctuary, will be a “light on a hill that cannot be hidden.”  (from Matthew 5:14)  May it be filled with the light of the Grace and Love of Christ.

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“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

If you would like to know more about GraceStone Sanctuary, please visit our website at gracestonesanctuary.com

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Kiss the Earth Gently

Day 44 February 13, 2014
Love Creation

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ―Lewis Carroll

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“If we learn to love the earth, we will find labyrinths, gardens, fountains and precious jewels! A whole new world will open itself to us. We will discover what it means to be truly alive.” -St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) 

“Love all God’s creation, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of light. Love the animals, love the plants, love each separate thing. If thou love each thing thou wilt perceive the mystery of God in all; and when once thou perceive this, thou wilt thenceforward grow every day to a fuller understanding of it: until thou come at last to love the whole world with a love that will then be all-embracing and universal.”―Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1879   

About the love of creation that St. Francis of Assisi demonstrated in his life:  “When the brothers were out cutting wood, he would forbid them to cut down the whole tree so that it might grow up again. He also ordered the gardeners not to dig up the edges of the gardens so that wild flowers and green grasses could grow and glorify the Father of all things…. He picked up worms so they would not be trampled on and had honey and wine set out for the bees in the winter season. He called by the name of brother all animals…”  Loren Wilkinson, Earthkeeping


Which Came First?

Day 328 November 26, 2013

Which came first….

the TURKEY or the egg?

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“Make something with a snack or dessert before you eat it.” from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin

“…wonder what day God created the egg…how should we know? We should not question…Let us rejoice and believe and give thanks…eat a egg” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

“If there is a hard, high wall and an egg that breaks against it, no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg. Why? Because each of us is an egg, a unique soul enclosed in a fragile egg. Each of us is confronting a high wall.  . . .  To fight the wall, we must join our souls together for warmth, strength. “(Jerusalem Prize acceptance speech, JERUSALEM POST, Feb. 15, 2009)― Haruki Murakami

“You may think that a broken egg is ugly and messy,” she answered, “but the cake it goes into is beautiful and won’t hold together without it.” ― Amy Neftzger


A Time For Everything

Day 161  June 10, 2013

So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.  -Psalms 90:12

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“Work with an old calendar or make something into a calendar.”  from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace

“How did it get so late so soon?”  ― Dr. Seuss


Care For the Earth

Day 23 -January 23, 2013

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility  To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.” -Wendell Berry

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“Waste not.  Dig in a recycling bin for all of today’s materials.”  -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin

“When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to dust.  When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.”  -Psalm 104:29-30