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Category: Speaking to the Soul

Peace, Be Still

“Peace, be still.

It is the time of year that darkness descends like a curtain on the ground only reluctantly, when the long days stretch indolently like a satisfied cat. This is the time of year when the lure of the outdoors exercises a mesmerizing hold on those of us who love summer.”

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Stormy weather

The clouds that run in on the wind cannot obscure God’s judgement or muffle her mercy; that the Holy Spirit dances in the tree tops, bending with them towards the earth, kissing the ground that we walk upon with grace and loving kindness.

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Discernment

“The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along. Who ever knows what you’re thinking and planning except you yourself? The same with God—except that he not only knows what he’s thinking, but he lets us in on it.”

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Anointing One Another

“I wonder what sorts of dreams David had before Samuel’s arrival.  He was a poet and a musician.  Did he play for his brothers and for the sheep he tended, thinking that would be his greatest gift?  Did he envision a lifetime of caring for the family flocks on the Palistinian hillsides?”

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Authority

“Another question that occurred to me was, where is this happening in our own time? Who has authority,  and where does it come from?  Religious sects and denominations, political parties, martial and judicial officials, and even groups like homeowners’ associations claim power and authority, yet where does it come from?”

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Son of Encouragement

“Receiving a new name is a common theme in the Bible, a name that always seems to match the new role.  I have to wonder about the yin-yang of that.  Does the name come from who we are to begin with, personality-wise, or is it something to hold up as an icon for inspiration?  Or is it a little of both? “

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Morning Prayer in Ordinary Time

As if any day could be ordinary.

“As if time were as green and long as
the season after Pentecost,
as it glissandos like a penny whistle
   toward late November.”

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