Category: Spirituality

Meditation and Social Action

Last Friday, I took a few minutes at the beginning of class to ask my Christian Spirituality students how events like the school shooting in Parkland, FL impacts their lives.  "What's this like for you guys?" I asked.  "I know what it's ...

New Year’s Prayer

God of new life, God of life made new, I begin this new year as I ended the last– embraced by your spirit of love your presence of peace your gentle power. I leave behind the old year in the knowledge that Whatever I have done in the service of selfish...

Second Sunday after Epiphany: The Psalm Passage – The Lord loves me . The Lord loves you too! I know this to be so!

O LORD, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.” (Psalm 139:1- 3) That last phrase where the psalmist says, You “ are acquainted with all my ways.“ That resonates within me. The Lord knows me and all my ways – I am talking about the personal me, the one that I try not to show when I present myself to others. The “me” that is scared and anxious, weak and lazy, impatient and unkind – that “me” that is NOT the best “me” that I can or should be – that “me”. So when I come to the Lord in prayer and confess all of those things, the Lord already knows. [...] […]

Third Sunday after Epiphany: The Old Testament Passage – When the going is tough, the some of the tough take it out on others! Sadly!

The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying, “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.” ( Jonah 3:1-5, 10) Today, I feel for Jonah. I had a tough day today, and am feeling less than charitable. (Don’t worry beloved reader, it will pass quickly and harmlessly. And I will explain why.  [...] […]

Third Sunday after Epiphany: The Epistle Passage – How to let go of what you previously held on to tightly

I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31) The apostle Paul, by implication, poses an interesting question. If you knew your time on this earth would be short and limited, how much would you focus on things of this world? What would your main focus be? If one were to take Paul literally, you should NOT tend to your earthly affairs and estate. You should NOT spend time saying your last good byes to those around you. You should NOT prepare a will or determine who should get what. None of that should be part of you thinking. [...] […]

Do you want God to show up?

Anna was a widow who basically lived in church --fasting and asking God to show up. He did. Literally. As a human. And Anna got to see the promised Messiah for herself (Luke 2:36-38). __________Evan Roberts prayed for revival for eleven years, asking G...

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