A Quiet Walk

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

  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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  I have been reading a book titled Never Pray Again[1] that explores prayer leading into action.  I have always been an advocate of prayer that gets me moving in the right direction.  I want prayers that get me up out of my chair, out of my house, out into my neighborhood and community to …

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Matthew 5;20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. For some reason one of the major meanings of Matt 5: 20 keeps popping up on FaceBook, newspapers, lots of places.  I keep seeing cartoons and memes like these all over the …

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  Matthew 5:13-20: (NRSV)   13You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.    14You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. …

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Reflection:  Hebrews 11:32-34 (The Message)  32-34 I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets. . . . Through acts of Faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves.  They were protected from Lions, fires, and …

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Prayers for the Philippines  As Typhoon Hayian struck the Philippines this last weekend I, like so many others, sent my prayers flying that the people would be safe.  Of course not everyone was.  People in the millions have had everything they know ripped from them by this storm, which so many say is the largest …

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Jacob was in a delighted panic, there were more people in his Inn than he had ever had before.  While giving thanks to the Romans would be condemned by the Temple authorities he was certainly thankful for this emperor’s whim.  Now if only he could find time to sit down to enjoy all of those …

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The Feast comes in many forms; bread and wine in remembrance of a life given in love A sandwich shared on street corners and alley ways A comforting hand strong and sure when life’s troubles overcome A mother’s loving gaze upon her new born babe tears of joy fill her eyes A child safely home …

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Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before 13:2  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained …

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He is dirty She smells bad Hungry – thirsty Ill – lost People hurry by Don’t touch me Stay away … Nice tidy beings A song swells Notes ring like bells The sun breaks out Soft breeze drifts They sing amidst the trash Hold, forth, great beauty Who knew The blessed of God © Ruth …

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