"It is in the shelter of each other that the people live." This Irish proverb hangs in our mudroom and welcomes visitors. When we find shelter in each other, even our darkest stories can lead to healing.
Along those lines, here's an email I received from Coleen Tully for all who might be interested. Please join us and pass on to others:
St. James Episcopal Church, 101 N. 5th St., Marshall, is offering a “Longest Night Service of Solace” or “Blue Christmas” service on the longest night of the year, December 21at 8:30 pm.
Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without beloved family members, or it may be a time we especially feel the sadness of loved ones lost in years past. Broken relationships, unemployment, poor health, being in recovery from an addiction—all these can make us feel isolated in the midst of the celebrating. The refrains about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. Our spirits can sink as days grow shorter and we feel the darkness around us. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concerns. We need to know that we are not alone.
Join us in sharing prayers, scripture and music acknowledging thatGod’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle—that God’s love comes to shine lightinto our darkness. Everyone regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome.
I love to play with words. To capture moments on the page. To explore the physical and spiritual geography of what I call "fly-over country." I write from imagination, observation and my own experience of wandering in fly-over country--the literal, physical spaces of my life on the Minnesota prairie and the inner territory of the soul.
I teach writing and serve as the director of the Creative Writing Program at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. I enjoy cooking and traveling with my husband Jim, reading, practicing yoga, playing tennis, biking, hiking and gardening.