Responding to Psalm 23 When the darkness comes And your enemies attack Faithful love is there When I started to do my artwork (#nojudging but you have no idea how much I wish I didn't make the tree in the corner) this morning, I was listening to The Daily from the NY Times. This is a podcast that does an in depth analysis of a single news story. Today's story, as I contemplated Psalm 23, was the case of Sudan killing unarmed protesters. It sounded horrible. Monitoring social media, they saw where protesters were gathering, they closed off the area, and started killing them. This is the military that has taken rule since they deposed the previous leader--which the protesters were in favor of. However, the protesters did not expect a military rule that was like, "Uh, in two years we'...
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“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
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“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