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Category: Speaking to the Soul

A Time Apart

“This is life in slow motion with God in all things.  Summer’s abundance also abundant in grace.   How can this be?”

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“Be opened!”

“Yet Jesus wants to speak healing in our lives.  He wants to help us experience the world in a bigger, more textured, and, yes, messier way.  So how might we be opened …”

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All for One

“It strikes me anew every time I read the line about being chosen by God before time. Because much of the Christian thought that seems to dominate these days, that we see even in commercials on TV, starts from the other direction—it emphasizes that our relationship with God starts with our personal decision.”

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Casting in

It is not enough to cast out. She needs someone to cast in: to cast in hope, to cast in love, to cast in a spirit of peace, to see her for who she is: beloved child.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Early Mornings

“My eyes focus on the purple petunias before me, their color illuminated against the blue sky. I watch the leaves dance to the wind’s movement and with each bird song emanating from the trees, I feel my spirit linger in rest.”

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On the Road with St. James

“Once again, real power showed up, against the “prize” of doing it the right way. Instead, she finished in the spirit of Sant Yago, or St. James as we know him. Lesson learned; being great by being humble. I heard the message, too.”

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Rooted and Grounded in Love

“You might tell me that this vision is idealistic.  It glosses over the petty side of church life.  For instance, there are always going to be competitions and struggles.  People will always seek power.  They’ll have precious rituals or items that they feel they absolutely must protect.”

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Where’s Jesus? Where’s God?

“Perhaps most of all, and I’ve been pondering this as well, God lives in the narrow space between you and me, even more so than abstractly within any one of us. I cannot, after all, contain God, nor is that what it means when I say, God lives, right here. That God lives here, and no place else.”

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An Unexpected Conversion

“Wait–He still wants to come?
I’m not sure it will make a difference.
They will probably chide me even more now
and sit in their circles over wine and dinner
and debate the particulars
of whether I let an unclean man in my house,
but I no longer care.”

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