Lenten Reflections

Is your world view shaped by Scarcity or Abundance?


The desert and the ocean are realms of desolation on the surface.
The desert is a place of bones, where the innards are turned out, to desiccate into dust.
The ocean is a place of skin, rich outer membranes hiding thick juicy insides, laden with the soup of being.
Inside out and outside in. These are worlds of things that implode or explode,
and the only catalyst that determines the direction of eco-movement is the balance of water.
Both worlds are deceptive, dangerous. Both, seething with hidden life.
The only veil that stands between perception of what is underneath the desolate surface is your courage.
Dare to breach the surface and sink.

― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

The desire of the righteous ends only in good;
   the expectation of the wicked in wrath.
Some give freely, yet grow all the richer;
   others withhold what is due, and only suffer want.
A generous person will be enriched,
   and one who gives water will get water.

—Proverbs 11: 23-25 (NRSV)

You Thunderers are our eldest brothers!
Now we have asked you to come with your rain to water our gardens,
  freshen our lives, and ward off disease.
We beg you not to bring with you your terrible hail and wind.
You have four degrees of tempest, come with a moderate rain and not a deluge.
Do not bring too much lightning.
Grant this, that we may be happy till the next time of offering.
This tobacco we offer you, you can see it before us.  It is for you.

— Menominee Prayer to the Thunderbirds