“Channeling the Muse” is the name of this essay from Grace Cathedral’s Danya Ruttenberg. It is a short read, and worth the click if you play with the Muses at all, in any form.
There’s a story about Michaelangelo: He was making a tremendous racket in the middle of the night. A disgruntled neighbor rushed into his studio. What on Earth might he be doing at such an ungodly hour? The sculptor looked up from the gigantic block of marble he was straddling, chisel in hand. “There’s an angel trapped in here,” he replied, “and I’m trying to get him out.”
Last year I purchased a couple of felt kits from Fishcakes.com, and they rode around in the car a long time, waiting for me to find them, waiting for me to have time to play.
So, today was the day. I finally got needle and thread, and made myself a Green Monster!
The first picture is the front; he glows in the dark (!) and the second is the back, which I had to embellish. Actually, I turned the wings around, because I liked them this way better.
I am cheerful about today and excited about tomorrow!
When Jesus taught those around Him about spiritual transformation, He encouraged them to become like children, to be open and receptive to Spirit.
I, too, have the childlike capacity to perceive people and events with an open mind and to find fresh new ways to express myself. I realize that I may not have the valid answers to all life'’s questions or even a broad enough perspective to take in all possibilities. Approaching God with all the faith that a child would have in a loving, trusted teacher or parent, I am willing to learn, grow, and mature.
Renewed with an awareness of God as my creator and guide, I can be playful or serious, cheerful about today and excited about tomorrow.
“Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” ~Matthew 18:4
As I start the new year with a desire to create,
let me remember to stay in beginner's mind
and foster a sense of wonder and joy.
Let me be open, clean and genuine.
Let my heart guide my hands
towards things filled with possibilities,
with dreams, visions and magic.
Let me embrace and lift up my inner child,
true essence of my being.