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Sabbath in the Flower

Sabbath in the Flower

photo, reflection, sabbath, spiritual practice
“A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week.”   -- Henry Ward Beecher ... Sabbath, according to scholars, is a day to rest from changing creation. To rest from being industrious. A day to step into the creation as a whole. Instead of picking the flowers, we look at them. Instead of mowing the grass, we smell it. Instead of cooking fancy meals, perhaps a simpler approach (for some of us)! Additionally, in our resting from consuming creation, we can offer something into it. Build a Lego castle! Paint a picture. Become one with the musical instrument of your choice! It is here that the rub and tension of resting from creation while entering into creating can become a l...
Eating Locally as a Spiritual Practice – Prayerful Tuesday

Eating Locally as a Spiritual Practice – Prayerful Tuesday

Abundance, Blessings, community, Creation, faithfulness, Farming, Grace, Gratitude, Holy Mystery, Nature, prayer, Rituals, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Thanksgiving
Here at BeguineAgain.com, we will focus on the climate throughout the week as it leads to the People’s Climate March on September 21st. What does it mean to eat locally grown foods?  Well it doesn’t mean you eat only food grown in your area.  Rather it means you understand the importance of food or, as my friend David Bell says (Eating Locally, Artistically, justbetweentheridges.wordpress.com), the sacredness of food.  Eating food from a neighbor or a local farmer has less impact on the environment than food grown at great distance from us.  There are few transportation costs, less gas and oil means a smaller carbon footprint.  Most local farmers use fewer pesticides or none at all that leads to less contamination of the environment and fewer chemicals to which we are exposed.  The food...
Inspiration Sunday: Being Called into New Growth

Inspiration Sunday: Being Called into New Growth

Essay, spiritual practice, Spirituality
A little secret: I am preaching on Sunday. So today's inspiration is gleaned from random thoughts about what I have been studying. And I have been studying names. In the Gospel of Matthew, the story of Jesus' beginning has an angel telling Joseph the name for this baby:  Jesus. Jesus is the English form of Yeshua which is a form of Joshua. Yep. Joshua. Where have we heard that before? Joshua is the name of the guy in Hebrew scripture who takes the people into the promised land. How is that for being saddled with a name? Joshua also means, arguably, "God saves." Additionally, Matthew references the Book of Isaiah and the name Immanuel, "God with us." And I think being saddled with a name like Terri is a problem! Well, I don't really think it is a problem, but in second grade, I had problem...