“Tomtar (Swedish for gnomes) require very little from the humans they work for,
demanding only their respect and trust, and a bowl of porridge on Christmas eve,
which they consider their due. The porridge MUST have butter… or else.”
“Legends of the Tomtar,” Skandium Journal. Illus. by John Bauer, “Woman Leaving Porridge for the Tomtar,” 1908.
Text & image source: Edmund Dulac https://www.facebook.com/Oct2282/
You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
“But gradually we learn something very precious under the tutelage of these
wounds. We learn a compassion for others that replaces judging, self-loathing,
and the compulsion to find someone to blame. We learn a reverent joy before our
wounds that replaces the condemnation of and comparison of ourselves with others
that used to fuel our anxiety. We learn that the consummation of self-esteem is
self-forgetful abandonment to the Silence of God that gives birth to loving
service of all who struggle.”
“We are guided and guided through a spiritual helper friend who is always by our
side, giving us guidance, and showing through the inner voice, how we should
behave in every situation of our life. But for that we need to be receptive, to
hear your voice, knowing how to interpret it through the circumstances
surrounding our life. Your silent guidance will certainly lead us to the
greatest spiritual progress of our being, avoiding unnecessary mistakes, pain
and suffering. Seek to be attentive and meditate silently, to hear the voice of
this friend who is sent to us through the perfect laws of God, and who guides us
silently, without ever abandoning us.”
This blog features poems and articles related to grief. It also posts recipes from the author of the site whose mother passed away. The recipes are healthy and simple, and were created to help provide comfort during times of grief.