Saturday, September 19
Shadow

Stillness

Shepherd Me, O God – Prayerful Tuesday

anger, Blessings, Change, Chanting, Comfort, comforter, Compassion, conflict, courage, Creation, Creator, entering into suffering, faith, faithfulness, Fear, forgiveness, generosity, Grace, Gratitude, Grief, hate, Holy Mystery, Hope, inner peace, Joy, kindness, mercy, news, Pain and Suffering, peace, Poetry, prayer, Psalm, remembrance, Rest, Shepherds, spiritual practice, Stillness, Uncategorized, violence
Psalm 23:1-3 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; 3 he restores my soul.*He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.  In the last several months I have been struggling to find the calm midst the shootings in Umpqua, the deaths of those fighting wild fires, more shootings (at least one a week), floods, earthquakes, and all of the other disasters that seem to be all that is ever reported by news media.  I know I will not find any meaning in any of these crises, so, I am looking for a way through the noise and pain I hear, read about, and feel within.  Yesterday I found my still point when I happened upon the following poem written by grandfather: Commentary on the 23rd Psalm “In pastures green?” Not alway...

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, ...
A Moment of Silence – Prayerful Tuesday

A Moment of Silence – Prayerful Tuesday

anger, awareness, Blessings, Comfort, Compassion, courage, Creation, Creator, death, faith, Fear, forgiveness, generosity, Grace, Gratitude, Grief, Guns, hate, Healing, Hebrew Scripture, Holy Mystery, Hope, justice, Lament, Love, mercy, mindfulness, Pain and Suffering, peace, peace and justice, prayer, remembrance, spiritual practice, Stillness, Uncategorized, violence, Visio Divina
Numbers 23:9a for from the top of the mountains I see him, from the hills I behold him; On this beautiful Tuesday I ask only that you take a moment of silence. Hold in your hearts, the pain, suffering and loss from the deaths in Charleston North Carolina, Chattanooga TN.  To remember the loss of so many who have needlessly died from Sandy Hook, to Marysville.  As we lift up our eyes to the mountains open our hearts to those who suffer; the victims, the families. Hold the perpetrators in your heart as well, pray that light will enter the dark well they live in and bring them out of the darkness of their own making.   Amen Ruth Jewell, ©July 21, 2015