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Any body else feel the roller coaster effect of the last months? Unexpected ups and downs, unpredictable, no personal control...there were times I was even reminded of the very scary totally dark coaster our son talked me into doing at Disneyworld. But a coaster ends quickly and often abruptly (especially... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2021 at Revs On Retreat
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Late last week, as our wave of warm weather drew to a close in typical Rochester fashion, I saw these folk ice-fishing on the lagoon in Canandaigua. Now earlier in the week, I'd have thought nothing of it, for the ice was thick and solid. But this day, it was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2021 at Revs On Retreat
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During a recent online retreat, this photograph struck me, and I've been pondering silence ever since. Even my reading and preparing for Transfiguration Sunday yesterday led me to the idea of wordlessness, to take time to "shut up and listen". And of course, being a child of the 60s, Simon... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at Revs On Retreat
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With this star from NASA, we send you this blessing from our homes to yours, from our souls to yours, from God's heart to yours..... A Blessing for Christmas (Joyce Rupp) Let the Star of Hope blaze through discouragement, doubt, and disgruntledness. Let the Star of Kindness radiate through what... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2020 at Revs On Retreat
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What’s better than a favourite Christmas carol? Often we like what we like and don’t mess with it please! But I have found that one of my favourites, “Silent Night”, is even more special when messed with....and added to. The link below will show you what I mean. This season... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2020 at Revs On Retreat
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As we enter into Advent, we’ll be offering some reflection on some of our favourite music of the season, and invite you to join us for a few minutes of quiet to soothe our souls in our busy, frantic, and hurting world. O Come, O Come Emmanuel is based on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2020 at Revs On Retreat
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This little turkey seems about as befuddled as many of us are, wondering what's next, worrying about how to 'do' Thanksgiving differently, nervous about the colour of our covid zones.....and all this has me thinking about concentrating on the actual meaning of the holiday, rather than the habits and rituals... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at Revs On Retreat
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Here is the link for our weekly Following Fall reflection. May your journey of discovery continue to lead you deeper...... https://youtu.be/GYeZptsEMs8 Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at Revs On Retreat
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Above is the tree I refer to in the video (first link below), then the second link is to the song I refer to! Deep blessings of the falling leaves to each of you! https://youtu.be/myC5PsStUpA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c4mW9MRe-k Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at Revs On Retreat
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On my walk today I was lost in my thoughts, when this blaze of colour almost jumped out at me! I was so inattentive to my surroundings that I could have walked right by it, finished my walk, and not remembered a thing I'd seen...got the steps in, check that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2020 at Revs On Retreat
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Playing with Bananagram tiles the other day, a new contemplative practice I’m trying, it occurred to me that these words are part of our current social tension, what with Covid-19, protests and unrest, political divisiveness. We want things restored to the old way, but the old way didn’t work well... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2020 at Revs On Retreat
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As stores reopen, and protests continue, I've been thinking again about the things I'm learning and wondering about what this pandemic and upheaval is doing for my emotional and spiritual growth. I'm looking forward to sharing with some of you next week at our first conversation at the lake! One... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2020 at Revs On Retreat
no photo, nothing fancy to catch the attention, just a simple plea...what are you learning from this time? Are you just counting the days till all can be back to the old way? Or is there something God is calling us to? I am learning that I need touch to... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Revs On Retreat
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Linda and I were sharing the other day about how all this down time we're having is causing us to reflect more, to take time to really consider what we're experiencing, rather than simply moving on all the time. So I'd been thinking about the word "reflection", and then on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2020 at Revs On Retreat
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This Monet painting is called "agitated seas" and is the banner photo on the daily emails I receive from the Center for Action and Contemplation. It certainly speaks to my sense of how our communities are feeling right now!! Then this morning I read Joyce Rupp's entry in my women's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at Revs On Retreat
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This morning, between showers on this Caribbean island, I was gifted with this rainbow--a double one, even! Since I'm working on an upcoming Bible Study on Covenants, this immediately drew my mind to the biblical story of Noah, his family, the ark and the rainbow that became a symbol of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at Revs On Retreat
This upbeat song gives a way to practice nurturing and being nurtured by the Light we’ve experienced this month....when stuff happens, and it does, lean towards the Light, an attitude rather than a specific practice, but an attitude to and from which practices flow: every kindness, large or slight, shifts... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2019 at Revs On Retreat
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This was one of our Christmas cards this year, and it got me thinking about people who leave snow prints on my sometimes cold heart...people who hang in with me in my low points, and are ready to have fun with me in my more normal days. Footprints in snow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2019 at Revs On Retreat
When I was a new immigrant to this country, the thanksgiving holiday was something new to me--thanksgiving in Scotland when I was young was a church event in the early autumn to give thanks to God for the harvest, and since many of us were disconnected to our earthly source... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2019 at Revs On Retreat
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Last week in France I found these closed-off steps to somewhere, but where? The lovely fall colours made me think of life and death, for it's a season of dying into the rest of winter before new life will begin again in spring. Life really is a matter of life... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at Revs On Retreat
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Noticing all the ways the season is changing—temperature dropping, leaves turning, flowers fading, children back to school, I find myself complaining “I’m not READY for this!” It doesn’t matter that I know it happens every year, I resist the change. So it seems a good time for us to spend... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2019 at Revs On Retreat
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Saturday, July 13, 10am - 4pm (Cost $40) We invite you to join us for a day of reflection on Soul Food — what nourishes us and how we might welcome and nourish others. We’ll have the opportunity to be active and contemplative, fun and serious, for personal quiet and... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Revs On Retreat
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Returning from a holiday in Europe is odd, on a number of levels...re-entry into daily routine, or the change in weather and culture, for example. But the time difference always gives me things to think about. My body wakes up too early for EST and the first day back I... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 at Revs On Retreat
Today's meditation from prayasyougo.org is one of the most powerful things I've ever heard. If you have plans for today to be busy prepping for Easter, or just busy, don't listen to it. But if you can, take significant time today and check it out. Make sure you get the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2019 at Revs On Retreat
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Why we do what we do is often a mystery to us! Today's word from LEAD* is study, and for me the why is about growth...I want to grow deeper and wider and higher in life's purpose, life's "why", and study is part of that process. If you want to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at Revs On Retreat