Friday Five–Healing Spaces

With the events of the violence and tragedy from the Boston Marathon fresh in our memories, Deb asked us to ponder where we find healing, peace and strengthening. Here are some of the people, places, and things that help me find healing and hope.\

1.  A piece of music


2.  A place–nature–especially the beach


3.Comfort Food


4.  Recreational Past time…gardening, walking, puttering around home, watching Grey’s Anatomy re-runs

5. A poem, Scripture passage, or piece of literature that speaks to comfort you…

Trust in the Slow Work of God (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
     to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way
     to something unknown, 
         something new.
Yet it is the law of all progress that is made
     by passing through some stages of instability
         and that may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually. Let them grow.
Let them shape themselves without undue haste.
Do not try to force them on 
     as though you could be today what time
         — that is to say, grace —
     and circumstances 
        acting on your own good will 
     will make you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new Spirit
     gradually forming in you will be.

Give our Lord the benefit of believing 
     that his hand is leading you,
     and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
         in suspense and incomplete.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God,
     our loving vine-dresser.  Amen.

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;

though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns.

The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.

“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.


Friends, Family, Pets that warm my heart…Image



3 thoughts on “Friday Five–Healing Spaces

  1. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the poem and BOTW is, of course, a classic. One question though: is Joe modeling the dress code for tomorrow night?


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