A Quiet Walk

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

Tomorrow you’ll be brave, you say? Fool! Dive today From the cliff of what you know into what you can’t know. You fear the rocks? Better men than you have died on them; Dying on Love’s rocks is nobler than a life of death.  – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi, …

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“And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.”  – Genesis 6:6, NRSV) Fire Rainbow Taken Spring 2015 This past weekend I was asked by a Facebook friend to comment on the following meme from the Celtic Christian Tradition. “The greatest single cause of …

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Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. –1 Peter 4:10 Jesus Washing Peters Feet Ford Madox Brown, 1821-1893 My morning’s meditation topic was “service” and it started a train of thought (ok it was actually a brain worm but let’s not quibble) …

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“for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me”. – Matthew 25:35 I apologize for being late today, but, just returned from the Westar Institute Spring Meeting held in Santa Rosa CA.  I returned a day late …

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“Be an opener of doors”  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Open doors offer promise and fear, joy and sadness.  Behind an open door there could be grandchildren waiting for fresh baked cookies, or maybe something else, something fearful waits for us.  The above photo of an open door could be deceptive, there might be a garden beyond …

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23He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Can you see anything?” 24And the man looked up and said, “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25Then Jesus laid …

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If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. – 1 Corinthians 13:1   Today is Super-Tuesday, a day when political parties in mostly southern states choose who they want to run as their Presidential Candidate.  So far in this …

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15 One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, ‘Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!’ 16Then Jesus* said to him, ‘Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. 17At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is …

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“Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job: 42:6 “You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.” Psalm 51:6 Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  Growing up in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) tradition I knew about Ash Wednesday but the …

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Thirty years ago I was just coming home from a class when I heard of the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle on takeoff.  Like so many others I was devastated by the loss of life and never knew how to respond to it.  When the Columbia Shuttle exploded in 2003 I finally had a …

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