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Ash Wednesday Meditation – Prayerful Tuesday

Ash Wednesday Meditation – Prayerful Tuesday

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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
Never Alone – Prayerful Tuesday

Never Alone – Prayerful Tuesday

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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
Spirit and Flesh – Prayerful Tuesday

Spirit and Flesh – Prayerful Tuesday

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A Meditation from the Works of Julian of Norwich Stained Glass window of Julian of Norwich, Church of St. Julian, Norwich UK For just as our bodies are clothed in garments, our flesh enclosed by our skin, our hearts centered in our body, so are we, spirit and flesh, clothed head to toe in the goodness of God. But this metaphor hardly does justice, for all things will decline and wear out. God’s goodness, however, is everlasting, and is incomparably nearer to us than our very flesh. Julian of Norwich 14th century Anchorite We are clothed in God, clothed in the goodness of God. These words have been especially comforting to me today as last week was an especially difficult one.  Just knowing God, Spirit, and Christ are closer to me than my own flesh has kept me going. S