Give Me a Word


: refreshment of strength and spirits after work; also : a means of refreshment or diversion : hobby
Middle English recreacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin recreation-, recreatio restoration to health, from recreare to create anew, restore, refresh

Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours.

--attributed to Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Carmelite nun, Doctor of the Church,
monastic reformer, mystic, writer
...and as it can be known here, i chose to receive the word for me in its fullness - in body & spirit ... of flesh & faith 
God is never finished with creation, and God is never finished with us. We are constantly being re-created and we are invited to join God as co-re-creators of the world.  This re-creation happens in our attitudes and spirits as much as in the physical world.  We re-create when we replace hate with love, hurt with healing, despair for hope.  Our prayers beckons re-creation. We join this re-creation as we ask God do anew in us what God has done throughout the centuries. We pray for sight returned, babies born, lives revived.  We seek mercy unmasked, love unimpeded, and faith remade.  We join with all creation in seeking re-creation. For we know that all creation has been groaning for remaking right up to the present time.  And even we groan to be released from pain and suffering. We wait for God to give us our full life as children, including renewed bodies; we eagerly look forward to this freedom.
Doug Pagitt
Body Prayer

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9:11 AM Posted by cHeRRyTeA! 0 comments
{ "The opposite of faith is not doubt; but certainty" }
Anne Lamott ~ from Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith.


let's face it, recovery is (or is paired with) the f word to an athlete. 
recovery indicates that an injury has occurred.
pain has interrupted the ability to move forward.
activity has come to an abrupt, unplanned, devastating


ALL has been lost.

any athlete who hears the words,
"the next step is to recover" really hears it's time to start over...
or quit.
because starting over this late in the season is ridiculous,
whatever you are working on to recover,
in time
at least not in time to be rewarded by anything of value.
it certainly won't be newsworthy.

recovery begins with a decision.

recovery insists that rest is necessary.

recovery requires complete trust in others...specifically another who isn't even participating in the activity at your skill level, and that the one you put your trust in made that very decision before you - to "quit"
to become...
a trainer.

recovery follows the slowest, longest, most narrow healing path in existence.

recovery asks you to be on the sidelines... to watch.
recovery encourages you to believe in your self.

recovery suggests that you face the fear that brought you to this place.

recovery means, losing it ALL,


...to be fully restored, made new, given sight, heard, seen,

deeply known.

4 Corners:CrossTraining

switching up the training routine tonight for some time hanging out in the boxing ring.  kind of a rough way to go about things, i know-but that's it, that's what i've got this day:  you know you can't enter the ring without sizing up the competition, who seems like a lightweight, until you notice all that she carries in resentment and might have beens.   Ding.  Bring it in with the first punch of failure.  There it is the right hook of self doubt, with a double dose of jealous thoughts.  oh, her...that's what we are here for, the one who should have it all together.  Be sure to pull out all those not good enoughs...oh, yeah. Ughh, that deep jab of overindulgence to the gut is gonna hurt for a while.  maybe it's time to sit this one out for a spell. oh wait, here comes some pride you can muster up, to push her back into the corner, don't let yourself lose control, completely...see, that doesn't feel so bad, she needs to know you have some gumption to work with, before you come back for the next round-because there is always another round with this one.  the water is refreshing, and the ointment seems to hurt worse than the pain of the open wounds, isn't that the truth, which usually stings worse knowing the infliction comes from the only true competitor who can match the self, dead on. no time for truth, gotta, get back in the ring and pound this out, it's only gonna surface harder and stronger the next time if, she is given the victory...again? listen, you are being called back into the corner? - take a break, let your heart be tended to, you heard it, didn't you? when she whispered in your ear TRUTH, take a moment to hear. See there, you might just be ready to give in the towel of needing to know, and win the victory when you choose to take the gloves off, sister.  

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