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God’s Surprise — Prayerful Tuesday

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  God’s Surprise Paraphrase of Luke 2:26-33 God sent a Messenger to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgins name was Mary. As he entered the Messenger greeted Mary: Greetings! You are beautiful with God’s beauty, beautiful inside and out, God be with you. Mary was confused by these words and wondered what this could mean, but the Messenger said: Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you; You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and you will name him Jesus Ruth Jewell, ©December 24, 2013 (I used the NRSV, The Voice and The Message) www.aquietwalk.wordpress.com
Mindful Monday: “Live Quietly and Mind Your Own Affairs” (An Advent Reflection)

Mindful Monday: “Live Quietly and Mind Your Own Affairs” (An Advent Reflection)

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The Advent scripture today advises us not only to love one another but to “live quietly” ourselves: Now concerning love for the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, beloved, to do so more and more, to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we directed you, so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and be dependent on no one. (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, NRSV) Today, I understand “live quietly and mind your own affairs” to mean that it is important to develop inner peace. This has been much on my mind since the passing of Nelson Mandela last week. In 1993, he

Prayerful Tuesday, November, 5, 2013

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Open My Eyes That I Might See Last week John and I took a train ride to Vancouver, BC and while we hoped for some sun it was even cloudier there that at home.  As we walked through Stanley Park I was afraid all my pictures would be gray and drab and then I saw this one.  Yes, if the day had been bright and sunny I suppose this picture would have been brighter. But, the trees in their autumn finery reflecting in the pool made a light all their own.  I just had to “open” my eyes to see it. Today for Prayerful Tuesday I am inviting you to open your eyes and open your hearts and minds as we practice Visio Divina using the above picture. There is no set time frame for the guided prayer, but I do suggest at least 15 minutes and up to thirty minutes. As your prayer begins, take a few mome