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Imagination and Visio Divina – Prayerful Tuesday

Imagination and Visio Divina – Prayerful Tuesday

anger, awareness, Broken Heart, conflict, doubt, faith, Fear, forgiveness, Gratitude, Grief, Gun violence, Guns, Holy Mystery, homeless, Hope, hunger, Imagination, mercy, Outside your comfort zone, prayer, spiritual practice, Visio Divina
Many of us live in nice safe neighborhoods with few opportunities to interact with those who are disadvantaged except maybe on the street when we are approached by a homeless person.  And while disasters are all too common today I would guess that most of us are relatively unaffected by such actions as shooting incidents or natural disasters.  So today I would like you to put yourself, through your imagination and pictures, in places you might be uncomfortable with.  I have chosen three pictures only two are images that may disturb you or make you uncomfortable.  The third is a quiet scene and I would like you to ask compare your feelings of that scene with the others. This is not my usual spiritual practice but using our imagination to be in a place of comfort or discomfort is...
A Thanksgiving Prayer? – Prayerful Tuesday

A Thanksgiving Prayer? – Prayerful Tuesday

Abundance, anger, Broken Heart, Comfort, comforter, Compassion, conflict, Creation, Creator, dance, faith, faithfulness, Fear, gift, gift of Gods, God, Gospel of Matthew, Grace, Gratitude, Grief, hate, Healing, Holy Mystery, justice, kindness, Lament, Love, mercy, prayer, Refugee's, Spiritual Practice of Giving, spiritual practices, Thanksgiving
for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, Matthew 25:35 Giver of abundant gifts, on this Thanksgiving we celebrate . . . we celebrate. Ah what are we celebrating God?  It seems to me that we have nothing to celebrate, nothing to be thankful for, except empty hearts and soulless comments. Too many children are dying before our eyes on beaches, in stormy seas, in mountain passes, and refugee camps.  Too many are blinded by their fears, unable to see the path to your love.  I don’t know God, I can’t really think of something to be thankful for this year, you see my eyes are clouded with tears and my heart is screaming in pain for those who are being denied entry into our so called circle of love.  By the...
Psalms of Lament and Hope – Prayerful Tuesday

Psalms of Lament and Hope – Prayerful Tuesday

"Life" Issues, anger, Broken Heart, Change, Comfort, comforter, Compassion, conflict, courage, death, doubt, entering into suffering, faith, faithfulness, Fear, Friendship, Fundamentalism, generosity, gift, God, Grace, Grief, Guns, hate, Healing, Hebrew Scripture, Holy Mystery, Hope, hunger, in memory of, Intecessory Prayer, justice, kindness, Lament, memories, mercy, news, overwhelmed, peace, peace and justice, prayer, Psalm, sadness, Scripture, sorrow, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, terrorism, Uncategorized, violence
The only gift I have to offer this week is my sorrow for Paris, Beirut, Syria, Iraq, and all of us.  So I offer the Psalms I go to when I am in the midst of sorrow and pain.  May your hearts be comforted by the words of the psalmist and may your find solace knowing others cry with you. Psalm 36:1-4 (MSG) A David Psalm 1-4 The God-rebel tunes in to sedition— all ears, eager to sin. He has no regard for God, he stands insolent before him. He has smooth-talked himself into believing That his evil will never be noticed. Words gutter from his mouth, dishwater dirty. Can’t remember when he did anything decent. Every time he goes to bed, he fathers another evil plot. When he’s loose on the streets, nobody’s safe. He plays with fire and doesn’t care who gets burned. Psalm 42 (NRSV) 1As a deer l...