Wednesday, October 21
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All Saints’ Day–What Does It Mean to Us Today?

Blessings, Challenge, Christianity, Church, Grace, mercy
I've never really heard much about All Saints' Day. I grew up Southern Baptist, and we never talked about it or what it meant. So I wonder how we honor it today. The Catholic Church uses this day to challenge us, to inspire us, to see sainthood as something we have a hope of reaching. We look back at lives of heroic virtues and to people who show us how it's done. We look inside our hearts to ask what have we done or not done to make ourselves more like a saint. We see how far we have come and how far we have to go. Make peace. Be meek. Offer mercy. Live with a clean heart and a poor spirit and a hunger for righteousness  This is how we become a saint. We see it every year, and we pray that we practice being all these things until they all come together in a way to make sainthood real. ...
A Time to Pause – Prayerful Tuesday

A Time to Pause – Prayerful Tuesday

prayer, spiritual practice
Genesis 2:1-3 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. ‘Resting from our labors’, this is such a lovely phrase.  Even God knew when to rest and let his new creation be.  He even made it a sacred moment in time.  While scripture identifies the seventh day as a time of rest for most of us there is no real strict rule as to when to take a day of rest, a time of Sabbath. Nor is there a set time limit for how long our rest should be. Today is Tuesday and most likely you are in the midst of your busy lives.  But, ...
Finding Joy in a Stranger's Home

Finding Joy in a Stranger's Home

spiritual practice, Spirituality
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― RumiSometimes, I get in my own way of feeling joy. By leaping ahead to what will be or staying behind in what was, I lose the "I-AM-ness" of being present in the now. Feeling and feeding my soul. By being present and mindful of what is, I am more likely to do things from my soul. Which does indeed, move within, like a river or perhaps a cup that is overflowing with joy.This week, my joyful check-in, where I am thankful for the grace moving, is in the aid of a stranger. We are in another city this week as my son is having surgery here. I wrote to the pastor of a church here, Glide Memorial, and asked her if she could ask her congregation if anybody would put us up for 7-10 days. She wrote back that she'd love to d...