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Category: Speaking to the Soul

A cautionary tale for the hopeful

A danger recognized is not always a danger avoided, but it at least gives us half a chance to remember that our highest goal is not the pursuit of happiness but the discovery of the grace and mercy and loving-kindness, the grounding of God.

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Seeking A New Normal in the Way of Jesus…

“While many of us are eager to discover a new normal, we all need to remember that a higher percentage of our neighbors than we have seen in decades are struggling to simply survive the corona “recession”. A higher percentage of our neighbors are struggling everyday to keep their families fed, housed and their children’s educational opportunities secure.”

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Whom Truly to Know

“But, more than that, in the moments of life as they tick over, God has simply shown me God’s presence.  In the Way of Love of Bishop Curry, he calls it ‘Turning.’  God infuses the world, and at every second we have the opportunity of noticing God, turning to God.”

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Were they Listening?

“James and Philip travelled with Jesus throughout his ministry. Yet even some of the closest disciples to Jesus, like Peter, still did not appreciate the fullness of the message. Was their faith shallow? Was Jesus trying to teach nuclear physics when the disciples could not pass simple addition and subtraction?”

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Love Beyond Ourselves

“For the past several weeks of Easter in Year B of the Revised Common Lectionary, readings from the First Letter of John have emphasized that the greatest way the world will come to know Christ will be by how we Christians act. Our actions, especially as those who “wear” the name of Christ, will be the only testimony much of the world will have as to who Jesus is.”

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A Light to Me

“I am not sure we are out of the dark tunnel of this year, but I feel our collective chins lifting. We continue to walk together. The circle of light at the end of the tunnel is getting bigger with springtime, vaccinations, and accountability. The darkness is yielding, and the shadows are lifting.”

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Now!

“The symbol of the lion for Mark comes from its Gospel opening, describing John the Baptist as the voice of a messenger preparing the way, ‘the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,’ urgently.”

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Shameful Self-Awareness

“The examination of your life, and, hopefully, sharing your shortcomings with another trusted person can do wonders for the soul.  In humility we accept our place in the ranks of other flawed humans.  This allows us a larger and more flexible compassion.”

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