February 3, 2016

“Strictly speaking, contemplation is an immediate and in some sense passive intuition of the inmost reality, of our spiritual self and of God present within us.”     Thomas Merton Contemplation is the deep spiritual awareness of the eternal dimension of life. It is a walk both in the world and out of the world. It takes us beyond the intellectual truth we know about God to an inner experience of His presence living in us. Our hearts comprehend we are the… Read more

January 20, 2016

The presence of the kingdom of God is found in the quiet of the heart, not in the intellect of the mind. The major hindrance of intimacy with God is the mind. There can never be union and peace in our heart as long as the mind thinks and locates God out there and not present within us. If we believe God is out there, the fallen mind will pursue a relationship with God based on performance and works to… Read more

January 15, 2016

Mindfulness is a term that confounds Christians. However, if I said, “Men and women live their lives in mindlessness no one would think a second thought about it.” Mindlessness is living life as described, mindlessly. It is living my life on auto-pilot going through each day without awareness or appreciation of any particular moment in time. I am alive and breathing, but I live like the walking dead. I am like a robot subconsciously programmed going through the motions of… Read more

January 7, 2016

I wish I could adequately describe my return home last night. Dusty gravel roads and cherished loved ones were clear in my mind. There was the red Ford pickup resting under a shade tree in the middle of a hot hay field listening with a smile to Nat King Cole and Tom Jones. I saw horses and cattle grazing throughout the day and in one moment recalling the years of playing football and baseball all through the year with my… Read more

December 31, 2015

Never will I forget the placement of my desk on the back row in a fifth-grade classroom on November 22, 1963. Right after lunch Mrs. Walkingstick interrupted the class and tears flowing down her face announced that President Kennedy had been shot and killed. As the year 1963 came to an end, I remember hearing the song “Auld Lang Syne.”There was a deep sadness that came over me during the days before the New Year. I realize now it was… Read more

December 24, 2015

The heavens open up and love that is unspeakable and full of glory descends so humanity may fellowship in union with God. Love flowing down like water from Heaven invades the darkness. The baby born of human flesh in Bethlehem is the bread of heaven manifesting God’s love. Perfect love now embraces us face to face; however our eyes are blind to the marvelous light. Paradise is all around, and we remain unaware of the Divine presence dwelling near us… Read more

December 17, 2015

The Heavenly Father in silence beckons the creation out of a deep sleep each morning and awakens our being to be present, to be alive once again. Sunrise and sunset are a twenty-four-hour ritual depicting life and death. The darkness always gives way to the radiance of day. Living and dying is an unbroken pattern for us all until one fateful day. Then in a flash, the night will become an everlasting light. When I go away, when my body… Read more

December 11, 2015

There is a deep hunger for recognition and rank in the world. The soul of man is on a quest for significance and the meaning of life. We fantasize we are on the pathway to becoming someone of renown.  If I am a public speaker, I am not just a speaker but one of the greatest orators of all time. If I am a doctor, I can diagnose and cure diseases; no one else can heal. If I am a… Read more

November 27, 2015

Cree Mason celebrated his forty second birthday in September. He has lived the past twenty years in this room under the care of his unbelievable mother, Peggy. He survived a premature birth at five and half months old. In laymen terms his medical diagnoses are he is a spastic paraplegic cerebral palsy victim, with severe scoliosis and spasms that strike at any time. His pain level is an eight all the time and off the charts the rest. In spite… Read more

November 22, 2015

The turmoil and uncertainty of the world today is palpable. Bombs in the streets of Paris has created anxiety for the bravest of souls and fueled the rest of us with fears for our future. Fear is the response when our survival instinct is under attack. It is the emotion we feel when we lose the control to protect ourselves. We fear anything that attacks our person-hood. Fear distorts the image of God and the assurance of His love living… Read more

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