A new year has begun and I am not sure what it will bring. Usually I have a sense of new beginnings, or I have excited expectations and hope as I pick up from where I left off and start over again. Not this year though. There has been too much acrimony, too much … Continue reading 2017, A NEW YEAR?
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 … Continue reading Common Ground and the Practice of Hospitality – Prayerful Tuesday
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 … Continue reading I was blind but now I see – Prayerful Tuesday
“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 … Continue reading Blessed are those – Prayerful Tuesday
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 … Continue reading Imagination and Visio Divina – Prayerful Tuesday
Micah 6: 8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Well the New Year is almost upon us and it has been an eventful, but mostly violent, one. In 2014 it seems … Continue reading Looking Forward – Looking Back – Prayerful Tuesday
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 … Continue reading A Conversation with a Psalmist –Prayerful Tuesday