Creativity As A Spiritual Response

Copy of January, 2019 Drum Roll Please


Today is the last day of December.  It is time to announce the topic for the month of January.  It is: mystery.

What does mystery mean to you ?

How does your spirit respond to the word, mystery?

How does this challenge relate to our December topic: expectation?

I invite your comments throughout this coming month.  I DO read each comment.  If you have commented on previous posts, thank you again!

I also invite you to use your own journals to reflect and deepen into the meaning of the word, mystery.

Creativity As A Spiritual Response

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December = Expectation

I haven’t blogged very often this month.  In fact, I have not written a single post since December 3.   I did have a reflective Advent, a warm and lovely Christmas Day and am throughly enjoying the feeling of deepening gratitude during the quiet of this Christmas Season.

Did December meet my expectation?  Yes, certainly.

However intellectually, I did not go as far as I thought I might in teasing out the experience of expectation and its usage in theological, spiritual, or psychological meaning or practice.  I believe it is a topic that I will continue to explore and one that will continue to pop up in my own reflections.

What is the experience of living in this moment, and simultaneously living with hope and expectation?  

I find that my ability to put this experience into words is limited and, perhaps that is the point.

When, and how do words fail to convey something more?  

This too, is an important question.

How are you?  How was your December?





Creativity As A Spiritual Response

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December = Expectation

For many of my blog posts, I have chosen to keep my Christian faith in the background and to write in a way that might be shared by a wide range of readers, including those who are other than Christian.

With this particular topic, during the Christian season of Advent, I am unable to write without stating a point of view.

We all have expectations, some positive, some less so.  And, to be in American culture, during the month of December, our commercial and sometimes familial experience of the Christmas Season is one of expectations both high and low,  and quite often broken expectations.  It can be a painful season for many.

As a Christian, the Advent Season provides a voice to personal and collective longing in the darkness of Winter that draws us toward a manger, and to an infant, who was named Jesus.  His light, shining in the darkness draws us to him in wonder, hope and love.  During this season, I join with others both in both praying and preparing.  I desire that my heart may be ready to receive him more deeply.  That is my both my expectation, and my hope, in this present time.

“Come, thou long expected Jesus,

born to set thy people free;

from our fears and sins release us,

let us find our rest in thee.”

Words: Charles Wesley (1707 – 1788)



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