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

June 30, 2018

In eastern tradition, the term “monkey mind” is well known and understood by those who meditate within those cultures. Our western world which influences Christian thought is unfamiliar with the Buddhist concept. However, if you ask a western Christian to define “monkey mind” they would have a reasonable probability of guessing it’s meaning. Like a bunch of excited monkeys that jump from one tree to another chasing each other scurrying about all over the place, our minds act in very… Read more

June 27, 2018

Where your treasure is, there your heart will also be. Jesus Sometimes a good life keeps us from a better life, many of the things we crave in life will never satisfy our soul.  In fact, many good things have the power to destroy us like pain medications and even food which can take control of our lives.  There is nothing in the world that will make us happy and provide us with lasting satisfaction. We will never accumulate enough… Read more

June 23, 2018

The good news is we never need to feel alone, isolated or estranged from God. You and I were created to live in fellowship with God and prayer is an intrinsic part of that relationship.  Our life journey affords us the opportunity to walk hand in hand with God and whether we realize it or not God is with us through every step. God is present and has given us the promise that he will always be with us. Our… Read more

June 20, 2018

Henri Nouwen wrote prayer has for too long only been associated with piety, talking to God, thinking about God, morning and evening prayers, Sunday services, grace before meals, sentences from the Bible and many other things. However, for Nouwen “Prayer is the center of the Christian life. It is the only necessary thing. It is living with God in the here and now.” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing… Read more

June 17, 2018

We devote enormous amounts of energy and time creating noise and entertainment in our heads trying to numb the troubling thoughts and voices that rob us of our peace of mind. The fear of the silence is killing us. There are some storylines that repeat over and over causing so much mental anguish we will do anything to get rid of them in our minds. Tragically suicide for many is a way of permanently ending those thoughts. We should not… Read more

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