Day Thirty Seven: We Can Experience Grace in Every Season of Life

Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Love is an all-season virtue. Our love for our spouse, partner, children, and dear friends persists in health and illness, wealth and poverty. God is with us in the all the seasons of life, and we can creatively respond to God regardless of our life condition. [Read More...]

Day Thirty Six: God’s Love Embraces this Life and the Next

In the week ahead, we will consider the meaning of everlasting life. I prefer “everlasting” to “eternal” because the word implies growth and transformation, evolution and adventure. Life after death is not an escape, but a call to love God in the world of the flesh, seeking justice, peace, and beauty; working to heal this [Read More...]

Day Thirty Five: We May Forget, But God Never Forgets Us

We are well aware of our weakness at certain times of our lives. Sickness puts us on the sidelines and we wonder if our lives matter or if anyone will remember us. I believe God never forgets – God’s memory is loving memory, interpreting our lives through the lens of acceptance, forgiveness, and love. God [Read More...]

Day Thirty Four – You Can Experience Strength in Your Weakness

Life is profoundly interdependeent. There are no self-made men or women. The rugged individualist is an illusion, whose “individualistic” successes based on the gifts of others, including the gifts of God. There are times when we are weak, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Our resources are tapped out and we are running on empty. At such [Read More...]

Day Thirty Three: God is with Me in Darkness and Light

God’s holy adventure embraces the dark as well as light. Personal healing and spiritual growth include what we can change as well as what we must endure with courage and equanimity Darkness has a life and light of its own. Darkness is the place of growth and birth, the womb of creativity. If God is [Read More...]

Day Thirty Two: I Can Experience Peace amid the Storms of Life

Scott Peck once noted that “life is difficult,” and I agree. In the course of a lifetime, I have faced job loss, economic uncertainty, and serious illness in my family, and the death of both parents. Yes, life is difficult but we can respond creatively to the stresses of life. We can experience peace amid [Read More...]

Day Thirty One: We Share in God’s Healing Touch

Touch can heal and transform. The Spirit is embodied and the body is inspired. Healthy, welcome touch can energize, empower, and calm. We can share God’s healing energy with one another. Touch can heal. The largest organ of our body (skin) needs healing and affirming touch. Prayerfully connected with God, our touch can bring healing [Read More...]

Day Thirty: Glorify God in Your Body

The body is described as the “temple of God.” This means that our care for our physical well-being is an ethical as well as spiritual issue. What we eat, our patterns of exercise, rest, prayer, and meditation are all part of our spiritual adventure. Each person’s path to wholeness is unique, but overall well-being involves [Read More...]

Day Twenty Nine: Love God in the World of the Flesh

In his Advent Oratorio, W.H. Auden counsels “love him [God] in the world of the flesh.” God’s world is beautiful and deserves our love and appreciation. The apostle Paul describes the body as the temple of the Spirit and invites us to glorify God in our bodies. There are many ways to glorify God in [Read More...]

Day Twenty Eight: I Praise God with All Creation

Creation is alive with beauty and praise. Let all things praise God. Praise is the recognition of the holiness and beauty of life, and the abundant creativity of God. In God, we live and have our being. Praise affirms are connectedness with the Life Giver and the Life All Around Us. Praise orients us toward [Read More...]