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Imagination and Visio Divina – Prayerful Tuesday

Imagination and Visio Divina – Prayerful Tuesday

anger, awareness, Broken Heart, conflict, doubt, faith, Fear, forgiveness, Gratitude, Grief, Gun violence, Guns, Holy Mystery, homeless, Hope, hunger, Imagination, mercy, Outside your comfort zone, prayer, spiritual practice, Visio Divina
Many of us live in nice safe neighborhoods with few opportunities to interact with those who are disadvantaged except maybe on the street when we are approached by a homeless person.  And while disasters are all too common today I would guess that most of us are relatively unaffected by such actions as shooting incidents or natural disasters.  So today I would like you to put yourself, through your imagination and pictures, in places you might be uncomfortable with.  I have chosen three pictures only two are images that may disturb you or make you uncomfortable.  The third is a quiet scene and I would like you to ask compare your feelings of that scene with the others. This is not my usual spiritual practice but using our imagination to be in a place of comfort or discomfort is
Advent, Week Four, Love – Prayerful Tuesday

Advent, Week Four, Love – Prayerful Tuesday

Advent, Anticipation, awareness, birth, Blessings, Christ Child, faith, faithfulness, Genesis, gift, God, Grace, Gratitude, Holy Mystery, Hope, Joy, Love, Mystery, peace, Poetry, prayer, reflection, Rituals, Shepherds, spirit, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Star Dust, Uncategorized, Waiting
And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 FAITH, HOPE, LOVE faith, hope, love in faith an elderly Priest and his wife waited for their first child in faith a maiden utters the words “Here Am I” in love a child leaps in the womb at the approach of the pregnant Mary in love a bridegroom takes a pregnant girl as his wife in love Mary lays her first born in a manger in love the angels sang and a star appeared in hope the shepherds came to the stable in hope Magi followed a star to kneel at the feet of a carpenters son Faith, Hope, Love all three were needed for the greatest of miracles but it was Love that conquered all -- Ruth Jewell, December 21, 2015 Meditations for a Mindful Advent Queen Anne
My True Desire

My True Desire

sabbath, spiritual practice
I have to admit it. In my community, I sometimes get frustrated with people who want to always DO stuff. What they don't realize is that my vocation consists of doing things for people all. the. time. I'm a chaplain. And I'm a pastor. And I run a volunteer organization. And I'm a teacher.  And I'm a parent. And a spouse. And this...and that... All the co-identities that pull at my core consist of doing identities. This doing-ness is different from busy-ness. It is definitely focused on creating moments of grace, love, mercy, and justice in the here and now. But sometimes, I admit it, I want less doing-ness and more being-ness. This became apparent to me recently when I was meeting with my small group and the question arose, "What do you need?" We were meeting outside on a beautiful fall d