l e n t :: day2_voice


Voices.  Some voices I hear too often, like the constant three-and-a-half-year-old storytime intermixed with eighteen month old almost-words.  Don’t get me wrong—I love my hilarious ladies and am grateful that I was able to conceive, give birth, and watch these incredible little women grow—but sometimes it is overwhelmingly loud.  And then there’s my own voice – I’m not sure I ever shut up! (No comments necessary on that one.)  I pursue, even crave or weep after, other voices though: God, my mentors and spiritual mamas and papas, my husband Jeff, dear friends.  Recently the microphone on my cell has been pooping out.  I keep getting told no one can understand me on the phone.  In a way it has cause me to realize 1) how necessary a functioning phone is today and 2) how much we long for clear voices.  This Lenten season, as in all seasons, I have many questions as my family pursues new things and continues to understand our call here on the farm, St. John’s parish, and North-Central Indiana in general.  I long for God to just pick up the phone and give me an answer.  It must just be that God’s microphone is broken too!  But Lord knows I’d be less likely to follow if it were that easy—take for example lying, or lust, or coveting.  Those are clearly no-nos but I fall into them easily.  But when I quiet myself and listen slowly, clarity is sometimes revealed.

Today’s challenge: live without clarity in a broken microphone world.  I guess you would call that trust.


Published by Magdalene A.R. Mastin

Magdalene is a pursuer of all things beautiful, inviting others into a life with steady integration of all they say, think, act, eat, love, and enjoy--hopeful for a more centered, peaceful existence, both inside and out. Today, she offers spiritual direction, movement and yoga classes, and women’s retreats, incorporating contemplative Christian spiritual practices, contemporary and authentic movement, and the ancient way of yoga (with a fun side job of lifestyle and commercial photography). Past students and directees have joked that there are few others in the world as dedicated to boundaries, intentionality, rest, and weird voices as Maggie. Magdalene grew up on a small organic sustainable farm in central Indiana, raised in a family of avid readers, generous doers, truth seekers, and good food lovers. Those early experiences laid a great foundation for further mind-body-soul integrative training at Hope College (BA in English and Arts Ministry), Fall Creek Abbey (Certified Spiritual Director), and BodyWorks Studio (200hr YTT). If she’s doing exactly what she wants, you will probably find her on a porch, patio, or beach, drink in hand, dancing away or chatting about life and love and happiness with all her people, especially her partner Jeff and their three kiddos.

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