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Category: Speaking to the Soul

Saturday August 13

“After I had returned to Jerusalem and while I was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance and saw Jesus saying to me, ‘Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.’ And I said, ‘Lord, they themselves know that in every synagogue I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you. And while the blood of your witness Stephen was shed, I myself was standing by, approving and keeping the […]

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Lectio with Bartimaeus

Whenever I read the story of Bartimaeus, something settles deep inside of me. This was the story that I first used when I was taught how to pray the scriptures using the ancient Benedictine method of Lectio Divina.

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Resentment, forgiveness and reconciliation

I have a friend who often quotes a saying from Twelve Step Recovery programs, “Resentment is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die. This sounds like very ancient wisdom, far older than AA.

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Rules for Love

The rules are always there to protect love. The intention is to provide love a nurturing container. But sometimes the rules seem to block love, don’t they? What do we do?

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Sunday August 7

Readings for Sunday, August 7:

Psalms 66, 67 (Morning)

2 Samuel 13:1-22

Romans 15:1-13

John 3:22-36

Psalms 19, 46 (Evening)

Without a doubt, our Old Testament reading today, describing the incestuous rape of Tamar, is one of the most disgusting and one of the least redeeming stories in the Bible. It’s hard to come away with any sort of redeeming lesson from reading this passage. It’s place in the Daily Office, sandwiched between some fairly joyful and comforting passages, seems totally out of kilter in the […]

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Saturday, August 6

Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ – Mark 9:33-35 (NRSV)

There are some passages and quotations that always stick with […]

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“You are the Man!”

Every day that his car was impounded the towing company added another storage fee. By the time my friend was able to go to the lot to see to his vehicle, the costs to reclaim it were prohibitive.

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Five smooth stones

David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, “This is

Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 2 Samuel 11:1-27

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