with arms outstretched


red-winged blackbird nest, from burdr.com

“We find a path that is more about following one’s own ripening and unfolding rather than looking for the straight path and plan.  There is a wonderful story about St. Kevin, who founded the holy city of Glendalough…In his prayer, kneeling with arms outstretched and palms open, a blackbird lands in his hand and nests.  He feels her laying eggs and realizes he has to stay in this position until the birds are hatched.  It is a marvelous description of holy yielding of our own agendas, to the birthing happening already around and within us.”

~Christine Valters Paintner



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