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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You heard me when I called, . . . and You caught me as I fell I rested in your arms as You carried me from darkness into light You dried my tears, and You lifted my fears from my shoulders I leaned upon your breast, . . . and I heard you call me …

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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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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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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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“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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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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“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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