standing at a new doorway…

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We look with uncertainty…

We look with uncertainty
beyond the old choices for
clear-cut answers
to a softer, more permeable aliveness
which is every moment
at the brink of death;
for something new is being born in us
if we but let it.
We stand at a new doorway,
awaiting that which comes…
daring to be human creatures,
vulnerable to the beauty of existence.
Learning to love.

(Ann Hillman)

 

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At the turning of the year, consider the new thing being born in you.

What might help you to allow this new thing to emerge?


Blessings as you cross over the threshold into a new year. May you listen for what wants to be born in you. May you open to that “softer, more permeable aliveness.”

~Donna

(photos: Flickr, ami and Jeff Wallace)

6 thoughts on “standing at a new doorway…

  1. bsmiskoaolcom

    to a softer, more permeable aliveness
    which is every moment
    at the brink of death;
    for something new is being born in us
    if we but let it.

    The whole poem melted into my soul as I read and reread it, but the words above – especially “aliveness . . . at the brink of death” – clicked a switch in my heart and I felt a great “Amen” in response. After the reading, I experienced a burst of hope and anticipation, something that has been simmering under the surface of late. Thank you as always Donna for listening to the spirit as you share with us.
    Bobbi

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    1. ghlstn Post author

      Bobbi, I too am most drawn in by the words “permeable aliveness…at the brink of death” and this new thing that is “being born in us” at the same time… It is a joy to read your words. thank you.

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  2. linhankgraham

    Beautiful poem. May I just stand at this New Year threshold and look with certainty, laying aside fears. As I wait, let me be open and available to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in this new year. And also try to pay attention to what is being born in me and focus on what brings me joy. Thank you, Donna for the pictures, poem and thoughts.

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  3. lighthouse99

    After reading all the posted items: poems, pictures, reflections and individual comments, I felt that same awakening to something New being born in me.
    Since my Birthday is January 3rd, I feel a double “newness” at times.

    As the New Year approached, I was keyed into “The Epiphany” as never before. Found myself wanting to share it with others, esp. those very close to me. I knew I was going to have some sort of revelation, but not yet sure what? how? when?.
    I recall even feeling this sense of “Honor” saying, “sometimes my birthday even falls on the Epiphany, as if I would be in for a bigger revelation.:>)

    JOY has leaped out in the new year, but at the same time I feel that my inner Joy gets stolen out of me so quickly. Holding this all close to my heart, since I know that my personal “eyes beholding a NEW thing is on it’s way…………..and yes, I do perceive it.

    Thinking of a verse in the book of Isaiah were it states; “See, I am doing a New thing, can you not perceive it” *
    *need to find that exact verse, will follow up with it soon.
    Helene.

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  4. Elizabeth Kelley

    I know I experienced the ‘permeable aliveness’ at the brink of death…at the bedside of my mother on Christmas 2015. I was stunned into silence! These words give voice to my experience.
    Thank you! Elizabeth

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    1. ghlstn Post author

      Thank you Elizabeth. I, too, have felt that aliveness at the bedsides of my mother and brother. I remember just sinking to the floor, feeling like I it was difficult to stand in that presence. Blessings!

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