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Category: Speaking to the Soul

We Played the Flute for You

“And it is a way where what the Jews called the yoke of the Torah is replaced by the yoke of Jesus, one easier in terms of simplicity than the Law. Today we see it in terms of Jesus abiding love for his own.”

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Wrestling

“Wrestling with ourselves destroys a kind of innocent belief in infallibility and power.  It seriously stops us in our tracks and leaves us vulnerable.”

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A Day of Celebrations

“We all thought that it was a splendid day to be born. After all, the celebration of the day didn’t involve presents, so she didn’t get cheated on any of those, and it did have bands, parades, and fireworks, which she could say was to celebrate her natal day.”

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Running on Idle

“Another option, instead of replaying chosen memories, is to use intentional prayer as a focus. That turns my attention away from the tapes my brain wants to run and towards thinking about God and ways that my relationship with God can help me work in the world.”

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Prayer Changes Things

“Prayer changes things – starting with the person who does the praying. Prayer changes things by giving the one who prays a chance to both speak and listen to the presence and support of God in that person’s life.”

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An autumn prayer

There may be a fever of prayerful activity, “raging against the dying of the light,” trying to stave off the coldness to come. They are symptoms of the southerning sun. Soon, some of us know, our prayers will be those of sleepwalkers, slow to respond to the promptings and proddings of the Spirit, fumbling and in danger of falling.

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Joyful Worship

“I have a snapshot of my children dancing and twirling in the aisles of the church. The organ and piano were playing and the congregation was singing. The kids didn’t know the words to the song but they used their bodies to share in the good news it proclaimed. Both of them had smiles that lit up the room; so palpable was their joy.”

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Hitting the Road for Jesus

“I find it a hard truth that not everybody is going to like me, and what I find most painful is the periodic insight that people whom I have loved and trusted don’t know me at all and I feel like a projection of their reality, thus diminishing my own.”

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Workers Who Do Not Need to be Ashamed

“When we invite people to share with us the joy of serving God, we don’t have to argue against what might be keeping them from doing this.  We don’t need to act more assured, more pious, more evolved or even more authentic than we really are. God speaks through us best when we are simply living our lives as disciples, listening to God in prayer and following the Way of Christ, which is the way of love – always the way of love.”

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A Spiritual Salad

“I’m grateful to have the ingredients of a spiritual salad available to me to study, learn, perhaps practice, and appreciate. It keeps me spiritually fed and nourished as well as going my heart good to acknowledge that God is present all around and within.”

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