In recent years I have been blessed with wonderfully creative companions on the journey with me. As an artist, I have been encouraged and uplifted through the richness of expressions of faith offered through music, art, sculpture, dance, photography, poetry and so much more. Websites and blogs focusing on every aspect of faith development are abundant, and it is challenging to not become overwhelmed with the wonderful resources available with the aid of technology. What to keep up with and what to release? Periodically, I want to share with you some of what I have found useful in hopes you may find a piece of encouragement through the creative expression of another. If I were to begin telling you everything I love about these four people and how they have impacted my life and some of the choices I have made in beginning this new ministry, this post would be much too long. So, check out any or all of these links and perhaps one will be just the nugget of inspiration you need for the day. Do you know a blog or site you would like to share that might encourage a caregiver or someone with chronic disease? Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include some of them in our monthly newsletters. If you would like to receive the monthly Always We Begin newsletter, visit www.myawba.org and register on the home page.
Christine Valters Painter offers a five minute meditation on Silence and an abundance of other treasures through her website.
Michael Landon shares his thoughts on Grief in ways that inspire and offer hope. Michael has facilitated on-line workshops for AWBA in the past, and he and I are brainstorming for another offering this spring.
Perhaps, in this very moment, you could benefit from a reminder that your body is not your enemy, that color continues to exist even when darkness surrounds, that music and imagery can provide opportunities for a deep breath, and/or that God is nearby in times of sadness and loss. May something in the words, images or movements of these gifted individuals bring peace to your soul this day.