A Quiet Walk

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

“Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy each to his brother.” –Zechariah, 7:9 “You have heard it said love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” –Matthew 5:43-44   Thursday I am taking part in …

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Exodus 14:10-11, 13-14, 21:  10As Pharaoh drew near, the Israelites looked back, and there were the Egyptians advancing on them. In great fear the Israelites cried out to the Lord. 11They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, bringing …

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God has many ways to speak to us, through relationships, our experience, what we read and in the images we see every day.  Visio Divina, Latin for divine seeing, is praying with an image and listening for what God may say to us through that image. The above image is an entry, a rather nice …

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I watched a PBS program the other night about Shakespeare’s Macbeth and one insight of the host made me sit up and take notice.  The play of Macbeth, as Shakespeare tells it, is about the ego. You see Macbeth let his own and his wife’s ego control his life and I resonate with that. As of …

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  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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John Bell is one of my favorite composers and lyricists.  He writes music that reaches deep inside of me and calls to me.  Most of his hymns are short chant type pieces that I am able to sing all day.  On Sunday we sang one of my favorites “Take, O Take Me As I Am” …

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May we remember today that we are part of an unfolding story That calls us to listen to God’s words with intent to action May we live in the reality of God’s kingdom entering into our lives May we rejoice in the wonder of God’s eternal presence May all that we do deepen our awareness …

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Visio Divina sunrise, sunset listen do you hear a whisper calling. heart open spirit quiet I listen I hear a whisper. As you gaze at the picture what do you feel, what do you hear.  Does the picture lead you somewhere quiet, inside where a whisper is a shout of joy. Ruth Jewell, ©March 18, …

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When you were born, everyone was laughing but you were crying.  Live your life so that when you die, everyone is crying, but you are laughing (Islamic hadith) Today March 11, 2014 is my birthday and let me get this right out front; birthdays are not my favorite days in the year! I do have …

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32 Let the afflicted see it and be glad! You who seek God— let your hearts beat strong again — Psalm 69: 32 (CEB) 30 But I will give great thanks to the Lord with my mouth; among a great crowd I will praise God!  — Psalm 109:30 (CEB) This past January John and I visited Boston …

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