The words of Isaiah about “speaking to the weary a word that will rouse them” (50:4) resonate with me and have for several years. I wanted to write a book that would incorporate Scripture readings, reflections, photographs, music, and quotations. At first, I concentrated on Advent and Lent, but each time I got serious about writing this book, I would discover that so many publications – more prayerful and inspiring – already existed.
At the church where I lead the adult education ministry, we initiated a monthly program called “Telling Our Stories: Creating a Spiritual Legacy.” Facilitating this group encouraged me to begin to write more personally, without relying solely on the words of published authors. Most of the stories I shared came from the journals I have been writing for more than 15 years. I facilitate a second program, called “Photography as a Spiritual Practice,” in which we focus on seeing and receiving images more than on technical camera knowledge.
When I am not traveling, I begin most mornings taking in the sunrise from my east-facing lanai. This is my time and place for prayer, reflection, and writing in my journal. I intend Reflections from My Lanai to be a space for words from my journal and images from my travels that I want to share with you.
I will try to commit to weekly posts, possibly more often at the beginning.