Between the Lines: Advent 1: November 27, 2011

Text: Isaiah 64:1-9

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
so that the mountains would quake at your presence—
as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
so that the nations might tremble at your presence!

The word “banishment” is a synonym for “exile.”  The definition includes the forcible expulsion or exile of somebody or something.

In my new book, Restoring Life’s Missing Pieces: The Spiritual Power of Remembering and Reuniting with People, Places, Things and Self I talk about “losing” my voice at a young age and spending years trying to find ways to bring my natural ability to sing “home” again. When or where in your life have you felt a physical, emotional or spiritual part of you being forcibly or unintentionally banished by a comment or other action by someone else in “authority?”  How did that happen?  Where did it go? How has the absence of that part or quality affected your mind, body, and spirit?

– Caren Goldman


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