Moving Toward Wholeness

With Intention, Selah is Moving Towards Wholeness

God’s invitation of transformation extends love to us through relationship with and in God by the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the working of the Holy Spirit, and the abundant outpouring of grace by the Creator God.

As you say goodbye to 2021 and move into 2022, remember that you are not alone on this contemplative journey as one being in community with Selah and the One who holds us together.

For those who have participated in Living From the Heart, you know that the focus of the year includes Transformation – a Moving Towards Wholeness. As this image of Kintsugi* suggests, we bring our brokenness to God, knowing the One who restores us to the beautiful vessel we are always meant to be.

May this new year be one of Kintsugi –
a Moving Towards Wholeness for you –
through the grace of God. 

*Kintsugi
Kintsugi (golden joinery) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum…As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.”
https://traditionalkyoto.com/culture/kintsugi/

-by Mary Pandiani
Executive Director
Selah Center

Guide Our Feet Into Peace

To celebrate
this Christmas day,
we offer the Prayer of Zechariah
who reminds us of God’s tender compassion –
the one who guides our feet
into the way of peace.

BENEDICTUS

Blessed be the Lord,
the God of Israel;
he has come to his people
and set them free.

He has raised up for us
a mighty savior,
born of the house of his
servant David.

Through his holy prophets
he promised of old
that he would save us
from our enemies,
from the hands of all
who hate us.

He promised to show mercy
to our fathers
and to remember
his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore
to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands
of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the
prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord
to prepare his way,
to give his people
knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high
shall break upon us,
to shine on those who
dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet
into the way of peace.

Prayer of Zechariah

MERRY CHRISTMAS

by Mary Pandiani
Executive Director
Selah Center

Reflections – A Journey through Lent into Easter

Now Available:   REFLECTIONS – A Journey through Lent into Easter

This book curates a reflective posture through a compilation of poems, words, prayers, songs, questions,

and images that have touched those in the Selah community for the Lenten season that leads to Easter.

A time to remember Jesus Christ’s life, ministry, death, and resurrection,

Lent opens up space to consider our own story as it intersects the Gospel story of “good news.”

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ON THE MYSTERY OF THE INCARNATION

It’s when we face for a moment
the worst our kind can do,
and shudder to know the taint
in our own selves,
that awe cracks the mind’s shell
and enters the heart:
not to a flower,
not to a dolphin,
to no innocent form
but to this creature vainly sure
it and no other is god-like, God
(out of compassion for our ugly
failure to evolve) entrusts,
as guest, as brother,
the Word.

– Denise Levertov

To move into 2021 with painstaking awareness of the reality of our world and ourselves, if we’re honest, means that we know something beyond ourselves and our world is needed. Too much makes us shudder, and the flip side, there is too much beauty upon which to wonder. Levertov offers that we’re not alone in this moment. In fact, beckoning us is an invitation by God, emanating from the awe that “cracks” us open for a relationship with God, the one to be trusted. We have the “Word” – the incarnation of God’s love expressed in Jesus Christ – that opens up our hearts, minds, and bodies for the ongoing work and abiding presence of the Spirit.

While we await and enter into the changes of our country and world – vaccines, new US President, changing social engagements, and continued unrest – through all of this and your own personal circumstances, may you know the power of that love expressed in the midst of our world, not in spite of our world.

We at Selah would like to extend our hope for a year filled with new awakenings and new courage to face the worst and the best and everything in between of 2021. 

– Mary Pandiani, Executive Director