A Quiet Walk

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

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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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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“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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23He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Can you see anything?” 24And the man looked up and said, “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.” 25Then Jesus laid …

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15 One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, ‘Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!’ 16Then Jesus* said to him, ‘Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. 17At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is …

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“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 What does it mean to “hunger and thirst” for righteousness? What Jesus was saying is better understood if we understand how the 1st century audience understood righteousness.  A person listening to this scripture in the 1st century would have …

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16But Ruth said, ‘Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.  17 Where you die, I will die— there will I be buried. May the Lord do thus and …

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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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