Monday, July 26

Tag: Lectionary

Mindful Monday: Teacup Listening

Buddhism, contemplation, Lectionary, listen, mind, mindfulness, Scripture, Spirituality, United Church of Christ
This post is the first of three on the topic of mindfulness and listening. ~~~ "Now the Lord came again and stood there, calling as before, 'Samuel! Samuel!' And Samuel said, 'Speak, your servant is listening.'" (1 Samuel 3:10, NIV) For those who don’t know the context for this scripture, today’s daily lectionary selection, here’s a link to a brief explanation, written by Mary Luti for the United Church of Christ’s “Feed Your Soul Daily Devotional.” After an even briefer synopsis here, I’m going to consider one way that mindfulness and listening work together by relating a Buddhist story I just read. A twelve-year-old child, Samuel, heard someone calling him in the night. He believed that it was Eli, the priest under whom Samuel was training to be consecrated for service to God. Eli was g...
Bathing in the Light (an Advent Reflection)

Bathing in the Light (an Advent Reflection)

Advent, Poetry, spiritual practice, Spirituality
Our host today is Frank Watson of This is the final posting of Advent! For more about Frank, please scroll to the end. Bathing in the Light A micropoetry sequence inspired by Isaiah 60, 1-6 though he had only one book its withered pages contained the secrets he had wandered for decades to find lost from his path the woods were covered in fog between the trees between the leaves he followed a light that would bring him home for as the Earth revolves there is someone somewhere that bathes in the golden light of a warming dawn and above the Earth we see below the golden remnants of God’s reflection and birds that rise to heaven to leave their song behind ... ... 1 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. 2 For darkness sha...

Mindfulness, Mercy, and Remembering (An Advent Reflection)

Advent, contemplation, Lectionary, Scripture, spirit, Spirituality
“My soul glorifies the Lord 47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” (Luke 1:46b-55) In reading the M...