Mudslide Oso Washington, 
photo from Headline and Global News, 
March 27, 2014

Prayers of Compassion, Visio Divina – Prayerful Tuesday

  In the last week I have watched the reports from the mudslide in Oso Washington and my heart is so with sorrow for all the victims lost and recovered alive. Last night I used this picture as my prayer focus and found it rich in prayers for all the victims and the responders of…

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Less Than Perfect – Prayerful Tuesday

  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…

Surrender – Prayerful Tuesday

“. . . too often we resist the urge to turn our hearts to God, for this might entail some serious and inconvenient changes in our lives.”  Jamal Rahman, Out of Darkness into Light This past week has been interesting.  You see I am coming to a place where I have to let go of…

Awake to Enough

Wednesday, our focus is being awake to the surrounding movement of grace and love in our lives. Where it has been especially present and where it has been especially absent. As I was trolling through photos, trying to find one that represented the idea I initially had, I found the below photo. It spoke to…

To Offend the Pharisees – Prayerful Tuesday

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…

Pro-Life God? (Part 1)

Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. – George Santayana Among…