August 9, 2018

One time I was asked, what is the most significant hindrance to being aware of God’s presence in your life? It was an easy answer….Me! Without the light of the living Christ, I am a dead man walking in the world unconscious of anything but my self-absorbed life. One day touched by the tender grace of God, my eyes responded to the marvelous light shining in the darkness, and the Holy Spirit revealed the depths of God’s love for me…. Read more

August 6, 2018

When we seek an ongoing relationship with God silence is golden, where we contemplate our communication as being a God-centered instead of a self-centered dialogue. Life is not about us, and it never will be. Life is centered in the will and love of God. After decades in Christian ministry the verse, “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10) would help unravel the mystery of walking in a heightened awareness of the abiding presence of God in… Read more

August 2, 2018

I fondly remember entering the sanctuary of my hometown Methodist Church as a little boy and being told to be silent and respectful as I prepared for worship. The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. Habakkuk 2:20  I admit the silence was annoying for me but in my young mind, it was something religious I needed to do. I did understand that silence meant reverence for God, but anything that told me… Read more

July 31, 2018

There is a Sioux Indian saying: The longest journey you will make in your life is from your head to your heart. It is especially true in transferring the knowledge about God in your head and being able to experience the excitement of loving God in your heart. I am on the same journey for I understand the tremendous odds against us to transfer the truth about God’s love and possess it as a feeling of love in our soul…. Read more

July 28, 2018

Contemplation is seeing the world through God’s eyes with the spiritual revelation there is much more to life than our five senses. It is the contemplative awareness of the eternal dimension of life. Jesus portrayed it as living life in the fullness of the divine kingdom of God. God is the one who is behind the mystery of all that is seen and unseen. The resurrected Christ encourages us to focus on the invisible presence of God in everything we… Read more

July 24, 2018

We are all broken, and that’s alright. The message of a dying Messiah on a cross communicates suffering and brokenness are an intrinsic component of life. In the ache of our broken hearts and the company of unrelenting grief, we may also experience that life is full of expectation and joy.   There is a liberating truth when our hearts are broken open we may replace the brokenness with love, compassion, and hope and not fill it with self-pity and… Read more

July 20, 2018

Wayne Muller headlines a chapter in his book “Sabbath” with the title “Fear of Rest” and opens it with this humorous but poignant tale. Rabbi Levi saw a man running in the street, and asked him, “Why do you run?” He replied, “I am running after my good fortune!” Rabbi Levi tells him, silly man, your good fortune has been trying to chase you, but you are running too fast.   We all seem to be in a hurry to… Read more

July 15, 2018

The last stanza of Psalms one hundred and fifty in the Old Testament concludes with these words. “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” It is the sixth verse finalizing a description of man’s worship carried out in the sanctuary and His mighty heavens. The praise is responding to God’s power and surpassing greatness. The outward manifestation of the inward blessing is done with the sounding of the trumpet, with the harp and lyre, tambourine and dancing, with the… Read more

July 11, 2018

It is time in your life to move on and no longer be held hostage by those who are unwilling to apologize or reconcile with you. We want family or friends who have wronged or violated us to admit their actions. We want an apology for what they have done to us, but often times there is a flat denial of committing any wrong against us. Sometimes reconciliation is impossible. I encourage you to understand you can forgive someone and… Read more

July 5, 2018

Father Thomas Keating created the phrase in centering prayer of repeating a sacred word or words to interrupt the unbridled memories and endless thoughts that float around in our heads. Carl Jung concluded the vast majority of our thoughts repeat over and over as mindless self-talk and ceaseless chatter. My thoughts bouncing like a pinball in my head leave no inner space to listen for the voice of God. As a disciplined soldier ordered to attention, a sacred word commands… Read more

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