Advent Day 11 ~ The Lesson of the Shadows

blog01Advent Day 11 ~ Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

I have learned to be intrigued by the shadows of my life, Lord.
The stronger the light, the deeper the shadow.
I have come to realize there will always be shadows.

I must accept the shadows of my life as well as the light; they will just always be there.

And so I now  pause for a moment when a shadow greets me;
and take in its beauty.

Teach me to  stop and be confronted, to be changed,  by them.

This day, Lord, help me to realize what the shadows of my life can teach me
about You and Your great love for me.

Editor’s note:  This was my very first blog post on December 5, 2007.                                                                                                                       

I had two priests write back and say: “Thank you, Bob.

I wonder what they were saying?

I pay a lot of attention to shadows in my photography.


It’s “both ~ and.” That’s the way life is.

Carl Jung in psychology got us to pay attention to the Shadow side of life.

If we deny they are there, we’re in trouble.

If we embrace our Shadow, make friends with it,

we become whole.

Here’s an excerpt from today’s first reading from Isaiah, Chapter 40 you’re probably familiar with; it’s such a wonderful piece of prose, as is the whole chapter . . . .

Though young men faint and grow weary,
and youths stagger and fall,
They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength,
they will soar as with eagles’ wings;
They will run and not grow weary,
walk and not grow faint. 

Here are all of today’s Mass readings, if you would like to reflect on them. Click here.

And now, before you go, here’s a beautiful rendition of the Catholic liturgical hymn “On Eagles’ Wings.” Click here. 

With love, 

Bob Traupman

Contemplative Writer

Advent Day 11 ~ The lesson of the shadows (Hanukkah Day 3)

                       image bob traupman 2007 / St. Augustine Beach, Florida

WEDNESDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

I have learned to be intrigued by the shadows of my life, Lord.
The stronger the light, the deeper the shadow.
I have come to realize there will always be shadows.

I must accept the shadows of my life as well as the light; they will just always be there.

And so I now  pause for a moment when a shadow greets me;
and take in its beauty.

Teach me to  stop and be confronted, to be changed,  by them.

This day, Lord, help me to realize what the shadows of my life can teach me
about You and Your great love for me.

Editors note:  This was my very first blog post on December 5, 2007.                                                                                                           

I had two priests write back and say: “Thank you, Bob.                                                                                                                                     I wonder what they were saying?  

I pay a lot of attention to shadows in my photography.

It’s “both ~ and.” That’s the way life is.

Carl Jung in psychology got us to pay attention to the Shadow side of life.

If we deny they are there, we’re in trouble.

If we embrace our Shadow, make friends with it, we become whole. 

Now,before you go, here’s a fun music video about Shadows.  Click here. (Suggestion: Watch the video that follows; it’s even more amazing.)

And here are today’s Mass readings, if you would like to reflect on them: Click here

With love, 

Bob Traupman

Contemplative Writer

                                         

Advent Day 10 ~ The Lesson of the Shadows

image © bob traupman 2007. all rights reserved.

I have learned to be intrigued by the shadows of my life, Lord.
The stronger the light, the deeper the shadow.
I have come to realize there will always be shadows.

I must accept the shadows of my life as well as the light; they will just always be there.

And so I now  pause for a moment when a shadow greets me;
and take in its beauty.

Teach me to  stop and be confronted, to be changed,  by them.

This day, Lord, help me to realize what the shadows of my life can teach me
about You and Your great love for me.

Editors note:  This was my very first blog post on December 5, 2007.                                                                                                           

I had two priests write back and say: “Thank you, Bob.                                                                                                                                             

I wonder what they were saying?                                                                                                                                                   

I pay a lot of attention to shadows in my photography.

It’s “both ~ and.” That’s the way life is.

Carl Jung in psychology got us to pay attention to the Shadow side of life.

If we deny they’re there, we’re in trouble.

If we embrace our Shadow, make friends with it, we become whole. 

Now,before you go, here’s a fun music video about Shadows.  Click here.

With love, 

Bob Traupman

Contemplative Writer



Advent Day 6 ~ The Lesson of the Shadows

Advent Day 6 ~ Friday of the First Week of Advent

I have learned to be intrigued by the shadows of my life, Lord.
The stronger the light, the deeper the shadow.
I have come to realize there will always be shadows.

I must accept the shadows of my life as well as the light; they will just always be there.

And so I now  pause for a moment when a shadow greets me;
and take in its beauty.

Teach me to  stop and be confronted, to be changed,  by them.

This day, Lord, help me to realize what the shadows of my life can teach me
about You and Your great love for me.

Editors note:  This was my very first blog post on December 5, 2007.                                                                                                                        

I had two priests write back and say: “Thank you, Bob.                                                                                                                                                  I wonder what they were saying?                                                                                                                                                                                              I pay a lot of attention to shadows in my photography.


It’s “both ~ and.” That’s the way life is.

Carl Jung in psychology got us to pay attention to the Shadow side of life.

If we deny they’re there, we’re in trouble.

If we embrace our Shadow, make friends with it,

we become whole. 

image © bob traupman 2007. all rights reserved.

With love, 

Bob Traupman

Contemplative Writer



Advent Day 10 ~ The Lesson of the Shadows


image © bob traupman 2007. all rights reserved.

MONDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

I HAVE LEARNED TO BE INTRIGUED BY THE SHADOWS OF MY LIFE, LORD.
THE STRONGER THE LIGHT, THE DEEPER THE SHADOW.
I HAVE COME TO REALIZE THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SHADOWS.

I MUST ACCEPT THE SHADOWS OF MY LIFE AS WELL AS THE LIGHT; THEY WILL JUST ALWAYS BE THERE.

AND SO I NOW  PAUSE FOR A MOMENT WHEN A SHADOW GREETS ME;
AND TAKE IN ITS BEAUTY.

TEACH ME TO  STOP AND BE CONFRONTED, TO BE CHANGED,  BY THEM.

THIS DAY, LORD, HELP ME TO REALIZE WHAT THE SHADOWS OF MY LIFE CAN TEACH ME ABOUT YOU AND YOUR GREAT LOVE FOR ME.

BY THE WAY, IF YOU HAVEN’T CHECKED OUT THE PAGE THAT TELLS THE STORY ALL ABOUT ADVENT AND THE 7 THEMES OF THIS SERIES HERE’S THE LINK:  THE STORY OF ADVENT

WITH LOVE,

BOB TRAUPMAN

CONTEMPLATIVE WRITER

EDITORS NOTE:  THIS WAS MY VERY FIRST BLOG POST ON DECEMBER 5, 2007.

 

Advent Day 6 ~ The Lesson of the Shadows

image © bob traupman 2007. all rights reserved.

Advent Day 6 ~ Friday of the First Week of Advent

I have learned to be intrigued by the shadows of my life, Lord.
The stronger the light, the deeper the shadow.
I have come to realize there will always be shadows.

I must accept the shadows of my life as well as the light; they will just always be there.

And so I now  pause for a moment when a shadow greets me;
and take in its beauty.

Teach me to  stop and be confronted, to be changed,  by them.

This day, Lord, help me to realize what the shadows of my life can teach me
about You and Your great love for me.

Editors note:  This was my very first blog post on December 5, 2007.                                                                                                                        

I had two priests write back and say: “Thank you, Bob.                                                                                                                                                  I wonder what they were saying?                                                                                                                                                                                              I pay a lot of attention to shadows in my photography.


It’s “both ~ and.” That’s the way life is.

Carl Jung in psychology got us to pay attention to the Shadow side of life.

If we deny they’re there, we’re in trouble.

If we embrace our Shadow, make friends with it,

we become whole. 

Now ~ I went surfin’ for a music video  for something on Shadows. I found a reflective one by Joni Mitchell but settled on one by the rock group The Rasmus.  The refrain is perfect for the readings this week ~ “I’ve been watching, I’ve been waiting in the shadows. I’ve been searching in the shadows for tomorrows all my life.”   The lyrics flash across the screen for us fuddy-duddies.  They really fit our Advent theme.  These kids are searching for something ~ or Someone!

Click here, enter full screen, but don’t  turn up your speakers!  

With love, 

Bob Traupman

Contemplative Writer