I’ve been so torn this week because I felt as though I should attend some of the Church Services and pray in community. At this point in my life, I don’t have a church where I really feel at home. I was hurt very badly in the one that I was a part of for … Continue reading Holy Week Prayers and a friend
I had a wonderful conversation with a dear friend a few days back. I was telling her how I am struggling with a few things right now and she responded, “It’s as though you are in exile, like the Israelites and Jesus were.” I haven’t been able to stop reflecting on this and what it … Continue reading Going into the desert
(1 Saumel 3) 4 Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. 6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and … Continue reading Hearing The Call
Merriam-Webster defines contemplation as a state of mystical awareness of God’s being. I like that definition. Is there really any other way to experience God other than through mystical awareness? Voltaire said this, “In the beginning God created man in His own image, and man has been trying to repay the favor ever since.” We … Continue reading Contemplation
I believe that at some point in our lives we all pray. Some of us pray daily and others pray only when they are struggling. Some people give up on prayer when their prayers aren’t answered, and others continue to pray, trusting that God is listening. We should pray because Jesus prayed. Jesus prayed … Continue reading The 8 Words To Say Before Amen
I have always been fascinated by the short conversation between Jesus and a leper (Luke 5: 12-13) where a leper approaches Jesus and says, “Lord, if you will do to so, you can cure me.” Jesus replies, “I do will it,” and of course, we know what happens next. “I do will it.” How many … Continue reading I Do Will It
Well, have you made them? Have you broken them yet? Did you just decide that it’s hopeless and so you’re skipping this year? I really have not had very good luck with that exercise/lose weight goal that I set every year, so this year, I will set some goals that I will not do – … Continue reading My ‘NOT’ New Year’s Resolutions!
So, this is a very beautiful Christmas Tree……but it is not mine! Oh, I do have some very beautiful ornaments, but this year they are staying in their boxes. This year, my Christmas Tree is more of a ‘Memory Tree.’ I sat with some photo albums and gathered together pics from the past. I have … Continue reading Not My Christmas Tree
Prayer is a difficult word to define and it elicits a myriad of emotions. I have memorized many prayers and sometimes the mouth moves but the thoughts are somewhere else. Perhaps it is because the words are so familiar that I don’t pay attention to what I am saying. That is me ‘praying the prayer.’ … Continue reading Do you pray the prayer or does the prayer pray you?
It’s been just over a year since I walked away from my work. Even though I wasn’t quite ready to leave, I felt I didn’t have a choice. Without getting into too much detail, I had to support my staff and myself. At the end of the day, I have to be true to … Continue reading It’s OK to walk away