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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13 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have …

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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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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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“Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy each to his brother.” –Zechariah, 7:9 “You have heard it said love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” –Matthew 5:43-44   Thursday I am taking part in …

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As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. — Psalm 42:1 This picture from the Jewish Mindfulness Face Book page started me day-dreaming about standing on the bridge and listening to the forest around me and I thought how lovely and restful. So today I offer you an …

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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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“And of His Signs is that He created mates for you from yourselves that you might find peace of mind in them, and He put between you love and compassion al-Qur’an 30.21 With one silent laugh You tilted the night And the garden ran with stars. – Jalal-ud-Din Rumi To love someone, especially someone who …

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For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20 On Monday this week I volunteered at Common Ground, a Hospitality Space in Everett, WA. From Monday through Thursday, from 8 AM to 12 Noon, the homeless or those who live on the edge of homelessness come in …

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