Tag: God

To Love is to be like God – Prayerful Tuesday

To Love is to be like God – Prayerful Tuesday

Blessings, comforter, Compassion, Creation, faithfulness, Friendship, Gratitude, Healing, heart, Hope, image of God, Joy, justice, Love, Poetry, prayer, Quran, Rumi, spiritual practice, Uncategorized
“And of His Signs is that He created mates for you from yourselves that you might find peace of mind in them, and He put between you love and compassion al-Qur'an 30.21 With one silent laugh You tilted the night And the garden ran with stars. - Jalal-ud-Din Rumi To love someone, especially someone who doesn’t expect you to love them, may be the most important of the spiritual practices.  Love is a grace of God given freely to all and as Oscar Hammerstein wrote “Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away.” God put love in our hearts to be shared with all creation, not just humanity but animals, flowers, and yes, even rocks.  To truly love is as close as we get to being the image of God. This week share your love with a family mem
Ash Wednesday Meditation – Prayerful Tuesday

Ash Wednesday Meditation – Prayerful Tuesday

Ash Wednesday, Change, Christianity, courage, Failing, faith, Fear, forgiveness, God, Hebrew Scripture, Lent/Ash Wednesday, prayer, Psalm, repentance and fasting, Scripture, spiritual practice, Uncategorized
“Therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job: 42:6 “You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.” Psalm 51:6 Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.  Growing up in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) tradition I knew about Ash Wednesday but the community I worshiped in didn’t celebrate it.  It wasn’t until I was an adult, and living in California, that I really understood that having a smudge of ashes on my forehead meant repentance.  Repentance is not just saying sorry, it means examining my past behavior and then changing what I do in the world, turning my actions around to behave as the faithful follower of Jesus I wish to be. And unless I begin the process of change, or at least try to repen
Never Alone – Prayerful Tuesday

Never Alone – Prayerful Tuesday

Blessings, Broken Heart, Challenge, faith, Fear, Gospel of Matthew, Grace, Gratitude, Grief, Healing, heart, Hope, journey, Pain and Suffering, Poetry, prayer, Risks, Scripture, sorrow, spirit, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Uncategorized
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