May 5, 2014

Sunlight and shadows dance on the deck.They are formed by wind-blown branches on the large oak tree. It is a cool, windy May day.  My feelings alternate between the sunlight and the shadows.  I want to live in the sun and not deal with the shadows, but life gives me both.  Why do I resist letting go of my fear of the shadows, limitations, disappointment? Walking through the shadow, allows me to embrace it and integrate it into my live.  Integration neutralizes the fear and the power to control my life.  It’s taken a lifetime for me to recognize this process and work through it over and over again.  It’s not an easy process, but it is well worth the time and effort.  I call it dancing with the shadows into the sunlight.

Prayer and scripture are the foundation to moving through the shadows into the sunlight.  Prayer takes many forms.  Sometimes it is deep, centering prayer.  Other times prayer is writing, drawing, walking, yoga, talking to a friend, or being alone.  The scripture that has held my attention today is Lamentations 3:22 “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning great is your faithfulness.”



Dancing with the shadows,


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