A Conversation with a Psalmist –Prayerful Tuesday

As I am personally preparing for the 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…

What would you do? – Prayerful Tuesday

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host,* praising God and saying, 14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’* Luke 2:13-14 God speaks to us in many ways–through relationships, our experiences, sacred texts such as the Bible and many more. Like Lectio…

Prepare the Way – Prayerful Tuesday

Matthew 3:3 This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’” Unfortunately I never had children.  However, I have been blessed to be Grammy to my husband John’s two youngest grandchildren.  I remember how excited I was to hear our Daughter-in-Law, Laura, tell us she was pregnant and…

Preparing Split Pea Soup

Prepare – Prayerful Tuesday

3 A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3 The other Sunday I and a friend of mine were in charge of the coffee hour after worship.  It was going to be a cold November day and I wanted to…

The Spiritual Practice of Giving – Prayerful Tuesday

I am one of many people who do not look forward to Thanksgiving or Christmas.  To me this time of the year represents the loss of way to many people I have cared about.  So I usually don’t do much celebration and what I do is forced and tiring.  Instead of celebrating the way most…

Entrance to . . .

Visio Divina – Life’s Entrances – Prayerful Tuesday

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…

The Spiritual Gift of Slowing Down – Prayerful Tuesday

  Last Friday I had foot surgery to correct arthritis damage to two toes.  I have had day surgeries before and in general they go, just as this one did. But as I waited to be taken in to surgery I began to think of the consequences of my doing this. The benefits are easy…