Tapestry

This is a guest post by Kathy Olenik Henry.

Transfiguration

A reflection on Matthew 17:1–9

Light and dark woven together
colors blend together to provide an image
threads of our lives
intertwined to create each unique life

Only God and I can see my tapestry
Not even my closest companion
not even my soul-mate
can know the full tapestry that is me.

Even I cannot see, at times.
The image changes
shifts
blurs
My eyes tune out the colors I do not wish to see
Only the brightest reveal their happy memories
But without the darker colors
the brighter shades are lost.

Our story
and God’s story

My birth
God’s plan

Salvation

The Transfiguration
The light shining through the darkness
The apostles Peter, James, and John suddenly see
what had been shadowed by the darkness of human sight
Now they see as God sees
In light.

Kathy Olenik Henry has been involved in the faith formation of children and adults for 19 years. She holds a Masters in Religious Education from Loyola University, New Orleans, and has served as a catechist, DRE, youth minister, and retreat director. She lives in Ohio with her husband and five sons.

Fast from… Feast on…

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I was searching the internet for some more wisdom stories and instead found this prayer, which I really like.

Fast from fear; Feast on Faith
Fast from despair; Feed on hope.
Fast from depressing news; Feed on prayer.
Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger and worry; Feed on patience.
Fast from negative thinking; Feast on positive thinking.
Fast from bitterness; Feed on love and forgiveness.
Fast from words that wound; Feast on words that heal.
Fast from gravity; Feast on joy and humor.

(adapted from A Lenten Prayer by William Arthur Ward)

Source [Image by Rhingdrache and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.]