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Forgiveness – Prayerful Tuesday

Forgiveness – Prayerful Tuesday

conflict, contemplation, Fear, forgiveness, Grace, Gratitude, Grief, heart, Holy Mystery, Hope, Islam, mercy, prayer, spiritual practice, Surrender
Matthew 18:21-22: 21 Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ 22Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. This week’s prayer practice comes from the lectionary readings.  In Matthew, Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive someone and Jesus’ response is an astronomical number. So how many times should we forgive? An infinite number of times. I have often wondered what brought up that topic for Peter.  Did he have someone he needed to forgive, did one of the other disciples do something that irritated him, or might one of his family been causing him trouble?  I know those are some of the reasons I often need to offer forgiveness and to receive f...
A Candle in the Dark – Prayerful Tuesday

A Candle in the Dark – Prayerful Tuesday

"Life" Issues, Civil War, community, conflict, death, doubt, Grief, hate, Holy Mystery, Hope, Human Condition, Intecessory Prayer, justice, Lament, Love, mercy, Mystery, overwhelmed, peace, Politics, prayer, Religious War, spiritual practice, Surrender, Uncategorized, violence, war, world
  The news stories of the last few weeks have broken my heart.  Seeing the pictures of wild fires, immigrant children, Palestine, Iraq, and the Ukraine simply overwhelms me with sadness and despair. I think how can one human being do these things to another human being, especially children. I keep asking myself when will this come to an end?  I know it seems as if prayer doesn’t makes a difference and so it feels like a waste of time to offer your prayers.  But heartfelt prayer often leads us into action and that is prayer indeed. You see when many people offer prayers they, we,  form a community of prayer and as a community we can do much.  We can write letters, become involved in interfaith and cross cultural groups standing with those who are victims, or we can help with suppor...
The Dark Night – Prayerful Tuesday

The Dark Night – Prayerful Tuesday

Blessings, Breath Prayer, Challenge, contemplation, Discernment, doubt, Grace, Holy Mystery, inner peace, justice, Lament, listen, Love, mercy, mindfulness, Mystery, Nature, peace, Play, prayer, Rituals, Scripture, Skeptic, spiritual practice, Surrender, Uncategorized
I watched a PBS program the other night about Shakespeare’s Macbeth and one insight of the host made me sit up and take notice.  The play of Macbeth, as Shakespeare tells it, is about the ego. You see Macbeth let his own and his wife’s ego control his life and I resonate with that. As of late I am wrestling with my own ego issues. Now I doubt I am going to go and kill anyone to get ahead, although metaphorically speaking I may have done that already, but right now I am trying to separate my desires from the desires of God.  To be honest I don’t think I’m doing a very good job.  The question I ask myself (ok questions) ‘is what I want what God wants for me and from me,’ or ‘am I telling God what I want and just assuming that it is what God wants to do.’ You see telling the difference bet...