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root upon root. ring upon ring. matters hidden until, in spring, from root to trunk to limb to branch a leaf is born, adorned to dance in sun and breeze and cloud and storm until its partner bud is born. coaxed to blossom. blossom to fruit. how will you harvest what came to root?
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Two Wings to Fly. • Visual journal page by Bernadette Rose Smith Whenever I find myself in a tug-of-war with a challenge, this bible story about Jacob on his way to Canaan comes to mind.
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I am not a biblical scholar and am not going to venture into all the rich layers of metaphor I can relate to in this simple story, but I do know a lot about challenges and turning to Divine Guidance for help. One of the places I wrestle with angels is in my journal. A lot of dialoging goes on in those pages. Blessing and blasting interchangeably linked. I was putting away some older journals recently, when I browsed across this entry from September 11, 2013.
“The confusion between what I thought was my reality and what I actually saw unfold before me was a gift from God. And my wrestling with it created an angel, in a way. Maybe that which we wrestle with becomes angelic energy. Maybe we are not wrestling with angels to bless us when challenged but making angels – and that blesses us.”
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