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Weavings Reflection: April 2022

Weavings is a monthly reflection that is the collective effort of the Wheaton Franciscan Covenant Companions and Sisters to provide spiritual nourishment that helps us feel God’s presence in daily living and invite an openness to God.

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Unexpected Surprises: Part 2

by Sister Alice Drewek

In 2021, the border between Canada and the U.S. opened in early September. I packed my bags and journeyed for my directed retreat to the Algonquin Highlands, which are north and east of Toronto. This time I remembered to bring my Totem cards, drawing book, crayons, colored pencils, and pen and paper.

The Little Kennisis River flows past the cabin I rent, and I am literally in the middle of nowhere. I have neighbors on either side but can’t really see them. My spiritual director is just a stone’s throw away.

I was pleasantly surprised when Haiku poetry again flowed freely…everything I gazed at called for this response from me.

My experience writing Haiku has been like a beautifully wrapped gift, freely given, inviting me to open, to look closer and to be surprised beyond all my wild imaginings. All I need and want to say is: “Thank You!”

Photo taken by Sister Alice of a peaceful river surrounded by lush trees and a bright sky. Accompanying Haiku:
Title: The River
I stand still gazing.
The river flows by swiftly, swollen by the rain.

I hear her sighing,
Making soft, gurgling sounds as she passes by.

She does what rivers do, always moving fast or slow true to her nature.

Teach me, my River
to keep moving toward my goal with every small step.

And what is my goal?
It has changed over the years as I grow in age.

Right now, it’s PRESENCE – being who I truly am without fake pretense.
Offering to others that which only I can give:
me, myself, and I.
My river hosts a parade.
The ripples are the backbone, flowing whimsically.

Red, yellow, green leaves drop in along the way,
as do pine needles.

All of them keep step with the pace the ripples set,
not ever whining.

All are having fun being a part of this march.
It’s a fall ritual!
Photo taken by Sister Alice of pine trees and snow. The accompanying Haiku:
Two maple trees and two white pines form an arc.
They’re tall sentinels

there to protect me, to offer their energy, to just be themselves.

I smile at them. Tell them how happy I am to be here again.

I come once a year.
They whisper on the breeze that it’s good to see me too.

They teach me not to
take for granted their presence, or anyone else’s.
“Be aware,” they say,
“of what is before your eyes.
Look, but also SEE.”

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