Last month as I composed my blog post, the hymn O Come, O Come Emanuel was ringing in my ears. Today, New Year’s Eve, it’s Morning Has Broken (the Cat Stevens version). By the time you read this, we will have entered 2021. On one hand, this flip of the calendar signifies the ushering in of a new year with new possibilities and new resolutions (for a few weeks anyway). On the other hand, we remain a world in waiting, a world incomplete, not yet fulfilled.
The pressures and challenges of 2020 changed and shaped us; for most of us loss first comes to mind, yet the year was not without its graces. Several key choices made in response to ceaseless unpredictability helped me cope with the pandemic, the loss of my dad, and the operational challenges we faced at Genesis which culminated in the resignation of beloved Program Manager Jean Risk at the end of December. Jean felt the call to new life and we wish her every abundance as she says, “Yes!” We know Providence will bless her as she has been blessing to all of us. And we’re thrilled that Jean will continue to be available to offer massage at Genesis!
Here are three of the graces of 2020 that I’m grateful to be carrying forward into 2021:
Daily silent contemplative practice and feeling my feelings with tender acceptance, à la the BioSpiritual Focusing practice that is core to Genesis’ spiritual legacy, was both anchor and consolation as all we hold familiar appeared to unravel. The new is emerging, we are evolving; this is what it feels like…
I invite you, dear friend of Genesis, to share if you would: What is there from 2020 that you would like to carry forward into 2021? What new capacity is emerging in you, forged in the crucible of 2020, that will serve you going forward (and by ripple effect, change the world for the better)?
If you email me with your responses, we will update this blog post every few days until in our next Lilies of the Field blog post we hear from Genesis chef Jen Moynihan later this month.
This Genesis community is a treasure, and I am grateful to be doing my part in carrying it forward. Happy New Year!
Liz Walz, ASP
Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center is pleased to announce that Jennifer Schimmel has been named executive director by the Board of Trustees.
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Sometimes, a calling begins with inner restlessness. A disquiet or tension, perhaps even an irritation. In the ups and downs of the day-to-day, it is easy to chalk these up to the ordinary trials and tribulations of daily life. Certainly, growing in maturity requires cultivating the ability to hold fast during turbulent times, not jumping ship at every inconvenience or upset.
Posted on 9/23/2021
A while ago, Genesis received the gift of a canvas labyrinth along with a number of boxes of accessories, some easels and posters. Due to its size, the labyrinth will only fit in the Providence Room and time passed as we waited for the room to be available so we could unfold the labyrinth and walk it. In the meanwhile, Nick and Wayne stored the labyrinth, boxes and posters upstairs in a Carriage House closet. Weeks passed, then months. Years.
Posted on 8/10/2021
These past weeks I’ve had occasion to cover Genesis’ kitchen so our beloved Chef Jen could have a couple of days off. I delighted in harvesting tart cherries from the tree behind the Carriage House and incorporating them into Rainbow Chard, bacon and cherry pizzas, Chilled Persian Soup, and cooking them down for a sauce over vanilla ice cream.
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Reflecting on the spirituality of Providence
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