In the Beginning

What if it didn’t all start in formless Darkness; with the Spirit moving across the face of the deep calling out, “Let there be Light.”

What if, instead, it all started in Light and Heat, formless and void. What if, it was all formless burning with the Spirit moving through the Light and over the face of the deep calling out, “Let there be Darkness.” And the light receded making a room for Shadow.

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And Darkness moved, expanding to fill the night sky. It flowed beneath stones and pooled in the secret places under the earth. Shadow hid beneath trees and in the depths of the waters; it lay in little patches moving under drifting clouds.

Darkness brought gifts of shade, of cool evenings, and  nights of rest from the blinding, burning Light of creation. Darkness brought mystery, and dreams, and dread; and the desire to answer questions, and reach for dreams, and overcome fear.

Darkness was never the space before Light. Darkness is the gift of shade, of rest, and the expanding beauty of living night.

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Photo Credits: Anita Bowen Photography

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The Lone SUV (part 2)

I don’t know if this story will have an end. No story does, really, you just have to decide when to stop telling it.

There is no reason for a car to be in the lot before I pull in this morning. The way it’s parked haphazardly in the far corner of the lot has me suspicious and worried. The building manager assures me, there is no reason for anyone else to be here. And I sit, fuming and frightened, in the car. What are the intentions of the SUV driver. Is he still in the car? (The dangerous unknown is always a guy, it seems) Is he armed? Because, now, it seems any snowflake with a sense of entitlement can go buy a gun and take out his tiny, tiny rage on innocents.

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Signs of Time

imageThings that remind me of my age:

1. Forgetting what it was I just went upstairs for.

2. Changing the radio station, again, because, “That’s not music, it’s just noise.” Then, stopping on a station that’s playing a song that I didn’t particularly like back in the 80’s, but at least I recognize it.

3. Feeling proud of the adults my children have grown into and wondering when they grew into adults. I must have blinked.

4. Wondering how in the heck I hurt my back while I was sound asleep.

5. Forgetting what I just went downstairs for.

6. Having a medicine cabinet that contains both heat wraps and muscle relaxants because I have the amazing ability to walk up with back spasms.

7. Forgetting what it was I just went upstairs for.