A Quiet Walk

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE In the struggles we choose and the Crises we don’t, we offer prayers for those who stand against the darkness. God in your mercy, hear our prayers It is right to remember those who gave us the freedom to choose to live our lives in safety and comfort. It is …

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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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Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness: for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. Romans 8:26 Holy Spirit, this past week has been one of disappointment, fear, confusion and, yes, hate. You, Gracious Spirit have taught us to be …

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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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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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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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“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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