A Quiet Walk

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

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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Genesis 1:1a In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, Genesis 1-2:4 The Message (MSG) 1 1-2 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. 3-5 God …

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Psalm 95:7 For he is our God, . . . O that today you would hearken to his voice! In the last couple of weeks as I have been recuperating from back surgery I have listened to a fair amount of music.  Music centers me and reduces the amount of pain I have which means …

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Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested …

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While I was traveling in April I carried a small book with me by Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ titled Reimagining the Ignatian Examen.[1] On our sea days when I would sit on the deck of our cruise ship and watch the ocean go by I various meditations for my daily prayer time. Thibodeaux’s book takes …

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As I am personally preparing for  Christmas I have been disturbed by the amount of violence and death around the world.  Peace on earth does not seem near. So as part of my morning ritual I have been doing Lectio Divina with the Psalms.  They have brought me some comfort but this Psalm struck a …

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Luke 6:12 During that time, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night long.   God speaks to us in many ways–through relationships, our experiences, sacred texts such as the Bible and many more. Today I am asking you to “read” a photograph using the practice of Visio Divina, Latin …

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  Words are many things: hurtful, uplifting, loving, hateful, words are either — fertilizer for the growth of new life, … or poison for the soul. Actions do many things: open or close door, feed or starve  the hungry, actions can — lift up the soul into the sun, … or drive the soul into …

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Truly in the remembrance of God do hearts find rest (Quran 13.28) In the last week I have begun reading the book Out of Darkness Into Light by Jamal Rahman, Kathleen Schmitt Elias and Ann Holmes Redding.[1] The book gives a wonderful introduction to spiritual guidance found in the Quran with reflections from the Jewish …

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“. . . too often we resist the urge to turn our hearts to God, for this might entail some serious and inconvenient changes in our lives.”  Jamal Rahman, Out of Darkness into Light This past week has been interesting.  You see I am coming to a place where I have to let go of …

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