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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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The Light of Peace

Day 122 May 2, 2014
PEACE

“Find the peace, and then light will find you!”  ― Mehmet Murat ildan

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“If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them.”   ― C.S. Lewis 

Seek peace and pursue it. -Psalm 34:14”

“In this world, whenever there is light, there are also shadows.”   ― Masashi Kishimoto

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”   ― Martin Luther King Jr.


Healing Peace…Like Rain

Day 119   April 29, 2014

PEACE

“…with you, I find peace from pain – You are gentle and healing like the landscape—like rain…” ― John Geddes

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“There is peace even in the storm” ― Vincent van Gogh

“Get yourself grounded and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.” ― Steve Goodier

“May hope rise within you.
May peace wash over you.”
― Charlene Costanzo


Joy in the Air

Day 116 April 26, 2014
JOY

“Something in the air this morning made me feel like flying. . . ” ― Eileen Granfors

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Rainbow spotted on I 81 today made me smile with joy!

“There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go.”  ― Frederick William Faber

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”  ― Henri J.M. Nouwen

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”― Emily Dickinson

You [God] will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy”  Psalm 16:11


Joy Blooms

Day 114 April 24, 2014
JOY

“Joy blooms where minds and hearts are open.”
― Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”  ― Iris Murdoch

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”  ― Susan Polis Schutz

“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.”  ― Shauna Niequist

 


Think Honorable Thoughts

Day 51 February 20, 2014
Honor and Justice

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  -Philippians 4:8

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“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.” -Winston Churchill

“Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash: your picture in the paper nor money in the back either. Just refuse to bear them.”―William Faulkner


Illuminated With Holy Light

Day 33   February 2, 2014
Meditation

On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. -Psalm 145:5

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“If you want to find God, hang out in the space between your thoughts.” – Alan Cohen

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Oh Majestic God,  as I enter into this time with you, may my understandings be clearly illuminated by the brilliance of your Holy light.  Amen.”


He Heals

Day 19 January 19, 2014

Healing

He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. -Psalm 147:3

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Circle Me, Lord

O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.  -Psalm 30:2

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

“Circle me, Lord. Keep protection near And danger afar.
Circle me, Lord Keep hope within. Keep doubt without.
Circle me, Lord. Keep light near And darkness afar.
Circle me, Lord. Keep peace within. Keep evil out.”

-David Adam


The Christ Light

Day 6 January 6, 2014

NEW BEGINNINGS

“There is no figure more common in scripture, and none more beautiful, than that by which Christ is likened unto light. Incomprehensible in its nature, itself the first visible, and that by which all things are seen, light represents to us Christ.” – Herman Melville

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“When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with the flocks,
then the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal those broken in spirit,
to feed the hungry,
to release the oppressed,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among all peoples,
to make a little music with the heart…

And to radiate the Light of Christ,
every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say.
Then the work of Christmas begins.”

“The Wise Men were in a sense the first missionaries. Their encounter with Christ did not keep them in Bethlehem, but made them set out anew on the paths of the world.” -Pope John Paul II, 2001 Epiphany Homily


A Kingdom of Love and Light

Day 359 December 27, 2013, Day 360 December 28, 2013

For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. -Romans 14:17

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“Make a city out of objects you have on hand.” -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin

Day 360 December 28, 2013
“Use an internal organ as your inspiration today.” -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin

“If we only had eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand, we would know that the Kingdom of God in the sense of holiness, goodness, beauty is as close as breathing and is crying out to be born both within ourselves and within the world…The Kingdom of God is where we belong. It is home, and whether we realize it or not, I think we are all of us homesick for it.” ― Frederick Buechner

“What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God’s future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether. They are part of what we may call building for God’s kingdom.” ― N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

“The Kingdom of God is the already but not yet”.  -R. Alan Woods