Memories, Memories

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 … Continue reading Memories, Memories

To Be a Blessing – Prayerful Tuesday

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 … Continue reading To Be a Blessing – Prayerful Tuesday

Choosing a Path – Prayerful Tuesday

Psalm 23: 1-3  The Lord is my shepherd: I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me to water in places of repose; He renews my life; He guides me in right paths as befits his name. (The Jewish Study Bible, Tanakh Translation) I subscribe to a Native American spirituality … Continue reading Choosing a Path – Prayerful Tuesday

The Voice in the Wind – Prayerful Tuesday

“. . . a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2b, NRSV I am sure all of you noticed we had a big windstorm 2 weeks ago.  John and I lost our power on Saturday just before noon and didn’t get it back until after 3 pm on Sunday.  For … Continue reading The Voice in the Wind – Prayerful Tuesday

Audientes Divina, or Hearing God – Prayerful Tuesday

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 … Continue reading Audientes Divina, or Hearing God – Prayerful Tuesday

What will be, will be – Prayerful Tuesday

Psalm 131:1-2 God, I’m not trying to rule the roost, I don’t want to be king of the mountain. I haven’t meddled where I have no business or fantasized grandiose plans. 2 I’ve kept my feet on the ground, I’ve cultivated a quiet heart. Like a baby content in its mother’s arms, my soul is a … Continue reading What will be, will be – Prayerful Tuesday

Letting Go – Prayerful Tuesday

This week’s prayer practice is one a friend of mine taught me in the last couple of weeks.  It is one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s practices called “Letgo.”   After I began the practice I realized ‘Letgo’ has many similarities with the Examen and found that I was experiencing some of the same benefits.  As I … Continue reading Letting Go – Prayerful Tuesday