Risks

Ain’t Got A Prayer

Ain’t Got A Prayer

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If there were more Christians and Christian ministers like the Rev. Terri Stewart, there is a pretty good chance -- who knows for sure?  -- that I would still be one, too. And if there were more monotheists like Terri, it is a pretty safe bet that -- while there no guarantees -- I most likely would not, as I presently do, regard monotheistic religion as a malignant canker on the arse of human spirituality. (For the record:  I do have deep and abiding respect for non-theistic religions, e.g., Buddhism and Taoism, where One Big Guy does not run Everything.) We do have our differences, e.g., Terri is much more reluctant than I to offend people. But let's not quibble. Most of all, let's not quibble, given that Terri recently wrote and published what I regard as the most realistic, level-he
Tomorrow You’ll Be Brave – Prayerful Tuesday

Tomorrow You’ll Be Brave – Prayerful Tuesday

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Tomorrow you'll be brave, you say? Fool! Dive today From the cliff of what you know into what you can't know. You fear the rocks? Better men than you have died on them; Dying on Love's rocks is nobler than a life of death. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi (Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi, Daily OM, May 7, 2016 ) It is always “tomorrow” for me, I always want to put off taking that risk until tomorrow.  Maybe that is why this saying of Rumi’s means so much to me that I want to share it with you.  This week I am offering Rumi’s saying for meditation with Lectio Divina. Place yourself in a comfortable position and allow yourself to become silent. Focus for a few moments on your breathing; or use a “prayer word” or “prayer phrase" as you gently and gradually center your
Never Alone – Prayerful Tuesday

Never Alone – Prayerful Tuesday

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Matthew 28:20b “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” God does not want us to be burdened because of sorrows and tempests that happen in our lives, because it has always been so before miracles happen. --Julian of Norwich, 14th century Anchoress Sorrow, grief whether from unforeseen circumstances or our own doing always seems to lead us to questioning our beliefs and faith. We ask ourselves, the universe, or the Divine “why is this happening to me?”  In our woundedness we nearly always believe we will never be able to recover, to fully live life again.  I know what it feels like, I have been there way too many times and yes I felt totally adrift without friend or companion. Yet I was, we are, never really alone.  There is always someone to lay