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Category: Speaking to the Soul

Strange Days

““These are strange days!”
yells someone in the crowd.
I can assure you, friend,
that no one has had a stranger day than me.”

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On Loan

“And I do. Praise spills from this invocation into my soul like water from a pitcher into a glass. The Venite. The Jubilate. A Psalm. Routine, unextraordinary, but this opening praise is marvelously settling.”

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The Spirituality of Gardening

“So much gardening activity happens on our knees, in the position of prayer and supplication. I kneel to weed, plant and harvest and often find myself meditating and praying. If I am troubled by some seemingly insurmountable problem, there is no better place to thrash it out than kneeling in the garden. If I am irritable or depressed, there is no better therapy than weeding.”

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What Does it Mean To Be A Child of God?

“Most importantly, God is love.  Learning what that means is a life-long study.  It isn’t warm feelings and the removal of stumbling blocks from our paths.  It is a profound showing up for the essence of who we are.”

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Mary or Martha?

“In church, we are taught that Mary chose the better part, sitting and learning from the Master while he was on earth.  At that time, the disciples didn’t know Jesus would soon be gone, but we benefit from knowledge in retrospect. It makes all the difference.”

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Abide in Him

“I’ll admit it wasn’t until after becoming Christian that I truly began to examine the structural evils of the present day, and how Christianity has played a part in them. But by then, something had changed in me: Christianity was my home.”

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A call to prayer

Now, with another change of location and a new technological innovation, comes this beep.

The last time I attended an in-person conference, I remember the keynote speaker mentioning in passing that he sets an alarm on his phone at noon each day to remind him to pray.

I have decided to regard this beep as my personal call to prayer.

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