Journaling

To Be a Blessing – Prayerful Tuesday

To Be a Blessing – Prayerful Tuesday

Blessings, Breath of God, death, forgiveness, Grace, Gratitude, Hebrew Scripture, Holy Mystery, Journaling, Letting go, life, meditation, memories, Mystery, prayer, sorrow, spiritual practice, Spirituality, The Divine
Be generous: invest in acts of charity. Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others. This could be your last night. -- Ecclesiastes 11:1a-2, The Message A recent meditation had the following journal question “If you knew you were dying what would you write or say to your children or grandchildren?”  That question stopped me cold.  What would I say to grandson and granddaughter, Liam and Amelia?  How would I describe my love, and fears, for them?  How would I tell them of my life lived with my own loves, fears, and regrets? What would I say, what would you say? During this Easter season I have been writing about the ways we express our feelings of the resurrection, and the many ways we witness to others our faith in the resurrection.  Sharing ourselves

In The Beginning . . . – Prayerful Tuesday

Astronomy, Blessings, Creation, Creator, Genesis, gift, God, Grace, Gratitude, Healing, Hebrew Scripture, Holy Mystery, Home, Journaling, Joy, justice, Lectio Divina, listen, meditation, Mystery, Nature, Photography, prayer, spiritual practice, Star Dust, The Big Blue Marble, Uncategorized, violence, Visio Divina, world
Genesis 1:1a In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, Genesis 1-2:4 The Message (MSG) 1 1-2 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. 3-5 God spoke: “Light!” And light appeared. God saw that light was good and separated light from dark. God named the light Day, he named the dark Night. It was evening, it was morning— Day One. 6-8 God spoke: “Sky! In the middle of the waters; separate water from water!” God made sky. He separated the water under sky from the water above sky. And there it was: he named sky the Heavens; It was evening, it was morning— Day Two. 9-10 God spoke: “Separate! Water-beneath-H

Audientes Divina, or Hearing God – Prayerful Tuesday

At-One-Ment, awareness, Blessings, Chanting, Comfort, Creation, Creativity, creator senses, gift, God, Grace, Gratitude, Healing, Hebrew Scripture, Holy Mystery, Hope, inner peace, Journaling, journey, life, listen, meditation, meditation with music, mindfulness, music, Mystery, peace, prayer, praying with music, Psalm, reflection, Rest, spiritual practice, Stillness, The Divine, Uncategorized, Voice of the Divine, wonder
Psalm 95:7 For he is our God, . . . O that today you would hearken to his voice! In the last couple of weeks as I have been recuperating from back surgery I have listened to a fair amount of music.  Music centers me and reduces the amount of pain I have which means I can take fewer pain meds and that means fewer side effects. As I was listening one day to Barbers “Adigio for Strings” I realized I was practicing a form of Lectio Divina, I hadn’t noticed doing that before and since then have purposely practiced what I call Audientes (that’s Latin for hearing) Divina.  I have discovered some interesting insights and, I must admit, a greater sense of being as I went deeper into the music, or rather the music went deeper into me. So I don’t know if anyone else has ever practiced this before,