May 2022

Spirit Garden Reflections


Look!  I am going to put breath into you and make you live again!

-From Ezekiel 37:5

Welcome to the Reflection for May!

Don’t you love it when you get a little nod from the Universe that you are on the right track?  Just before I sat down to write this introduction to the May Spirit Garden Reflection, I went for a walk around the block to gather my thoughts.  Part way around the block, a butterfly joined me.  Seeing this well-known symbol of transformation fluttering around my legs felt like an affirmation and a blessing for this month’s reflection that is about the transformative nature of the month of May.

May is a season of awakening and of calling forth new life.  These days, more than ever, it seems that we each need to find ways to stay connected to what breathes new life into us.  I know I do.  As the world becomes green and blossoms around us, we also need to water the gardens of our souls so that we might regenerate with new life, passion and gifts.

As you listen to this month’s reflection and work with the questions, may the breath of Spirit transform any dry places within you and may you be aware of what is awakening in you, what may be newly budding, and what needs to be watered. 

With unfolding blessings,


This breathing in is a miracle,
this breathing out, release,
this breathing in a welcome to unseen gifts which sustain me each moment…

-Christine Valters Paintner


The audio file below offers a reflection on Unfurling.  The reflection is followed by a handout with some questions that are intended to help you journal your own thoughts and experiences around this theme.  Please print these out before you listen to the audio file.

You are invited to create a comfortable space for yourself, perhaps light a candle and have a favourite drink to sip as you take about 20 minutes to listen to the reflection and then answer the questions.  May this be a nourishing and replenishing time of some soul tending.

Reflection Questions

Please click on the button below to download the reflection questions that go along with this month’s reflection.

We need to have symbols of life around us 
to remind us of hope.

-Joyce Rupp

Spirit Garden Moments

Spirit Garden Moments offer a short pause in your day and an opportunity for reflection.  Below is a Spirit Garden Moment that offers a unique way to pray without words.

Honey Jar Prayers


“May all who find themselves in a narrow place receive the nourishment they need this day. 
May they be led toward the land of milk and honey, whatever that may look like for them.”


honey jar prayer

Many of us are familiar with the term, the land of milk and honey.  There are many references in scripture about the people of Israel being called forth from Egypt to the land of milk and honey.  Milk and honey represent foods that are known to be deeply nourishing, sustaining and life-giving.

In Hebrew, the word Egypt is mitzrayim, which literally means narrow places.  When we look at this metaphorically, to be called out of Egypt to the land of milk and honey is to lead out of the narrow places or events in our lives and into a land that is fertile and rich with nourishment for the body, mind and soul. 

It is with these references in mind that I began what I call my ‘honey jar prayers’.  I have a jar of honey that sits on the window sill in my office.  Around the middle of the jar, I have wrapped a folded piece of paper and tied it in place with a ribbon.   Whenever I learn of someone in my life who is going through a hard or challenging time, a time that feels like being in a narrow or stuck place, I add their name to my honey jar prayers.

Throughout the day, when my gaze falls upon this jar of honey, my heart sends out a wordless prayer that those who are in a narrow place might receive the nourishment they need each day and that they may be guided, step by step, toward their land of milk and honey. 

The honey jar in my window is a prayer without words.  It is a symbol of my heartfelt desire that those I love would find their way toward what is most deeply healing and nourishing for them and that they would be watched over and cared for by the Beloved on each step of their journey.

This little jar of honey has become a symbol of this prayer:

“May all who find themselves in a narrow place receive the nourishment they need this day. 
May they be led toward the land of milk and honey, whatever that may look like for them.”

There are many ways we can creatively pray for others and for our world.  This is one way that supports my prayer life.  Perhaps this spring, you may be prompted to plant a flower, or place something in your environment that becomes a form of wordless prayer for you.  Something that symbolizes your intention of sending out waves of love and goodwill into the world around you.

With nourishing blessings,

In Closing

As spring continues to blossom with new life around us, may we each stay connected to what most nourishes us.  May we take time to breathe in the freshness of the green leaves on the trees and allow ourselves to be renewed.


Kathy by the Ocean

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