A Quiet Walk

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

Thomas where were you when Jesus came? What was so important you couldn’t stay for a while longer? Did you have to do that all important laundry, or groceries, or maybe clean a closet? What could have drawn you away? I know how it is to have all those tasks to always have no time …

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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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  A new year has begun and I am not sure what it will bring. Usually I have a sense of new beginnings, or I have excited expectations and hope as I pick up from where I left off and start over again. Not this year though. There has been too much acrimony, too much …

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I have been trying to make sense of the events of the last week. The deaths of two black men at the hands of the police, the Dallas Police targeted and killed, and the bombings in Iraq and Turkey. And, just today a new shooting in Michigan. My heart is filled with sadness and tears …

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Be generous: invest in acts of charity. Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others. This could be your last night. — Ecclesiastes 11:1a, 2, The Message My Mother 1988 Steven F Austin St. Park, TX ©Ruth Jewell, 2016 A recent meditation had the following journal question “If you knew you were …

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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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“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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  Many of us live in nice safe neighborhoods with few opportunities to interact with those who are disadvantaged except maybe on the street when we are approached by a homeless person.  And while disasters are all too common today I would guess that most of us are relatively unaffected by such actions as shooting …

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Matthew 28:20b “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” God does not want us to be burdened because of sorrows and tempests that happen in our lives, because it has always been so before miracles happen. –Julian of Norwich, 14th century Anchoress Sorrow, grief whether from unforeseen circumstances or …

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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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