A Quiet Walk

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

Birthdays make me reflective and as I get older the more reflection I seem to need. I just had my birthday and I have been contemplating memories of the last 72 years.  I find it hard to believe that I’m in my 70th decade and it is even harder to believe I survived all those …

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I have reached my limit for lies, hate, and violence.  I have reached my limit for the whining of so-called “men with fragile masculinity” who can’t accept women having just as much right to succeed at work and leadership as they do. I have reached my limit for white men, and women, who think they …

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Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness: for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. Romans 8:26 Holy Spirit, this past week has been one of disappointment, fear, confusion and, yes, hate. You, Gracious Spirit have taught us to be …

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Matins, night darkest night when fear slides in lost, lost I have lost the way fear fills me, all hope has flown death’s grim voice speaks, “better to die than face your fear alone.” has it come so far? Is my life worth anything? how often have I screamed into the night, “WHY, why, help …

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1 Kings 8:10-13  10And when the priests came out of the holy place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord. 12Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that he would dwell in thick darkness. 13I have built …

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A Poem by Howard Thurman When the star in the sky is gone, When the Kings and Princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flocks, The work of Christmas begins. To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry To release the prisoner, To teach the nations, To bring …

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Genesis 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”: and there was light John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.   Light Light, down into my hole you come, holding on with cold fingers of fear, You lift me from the darkness. Like an otter slipping through a …

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And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 FAITH, HOPE, LOVE faith, hope, love in faith an elderly Priest and his wife waited for their first child in faith a maiden utters the words “Here Am I” in love a child leaps in the …

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Numbers 6:26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Psalms 29:11 May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! Peace certainly seems in short supply this year.  We are preparing for the birth of light yet darkness seems to rule in so many places. My heart is heavy …

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