January 29

Reflection

“The circle is a sacred symbol of life. Individual parts within the circle connect with every other; and what happens to one, or what one part does, affects all within the circle.“ Our lives are not straight lines. As we change and develop, more persons and experiences form concentric circles within us. As the growth circles within the trunk of a tree enable it to grow tall and wide and reach out, so do our personal circles of growth form us. If we allow our lives to be open to growth and relationship, we continue to mature and the circle broadens and becomes more inclusive. If we close our circle, it remains isolated and unfilled.

Prayer

Circle me, O God, come with your blessing and love.

Action

Reflect on the many circles of your life.  Be grateful for all
the changes that have brought you to this moment.  Be open
to what is to come.

Suggested Reading

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3. 1-8

 

It’s the circle of life, and it moves us all, through despair and hope, through faith and love, ’till we find our place, on the path unwinding.
Elton John

And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father.
Black Elk

Few are the giants of the soul who actually feel that the human race is their family circle.
Freya Stark

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
Chief Seattle, 1854

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
Albert Einstein

Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Albert Schweitzer

The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.
Empedocles

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