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Tag: sacred

Daily Practice for August 21, 2016

Daily Practice for August 21, 2016

Word:  This really will be brief! Now, I know you've heard that before, but it is true today! I promise! Today, Jan B. and I are doing a sermon together. The topic is co-creating with God. So it seems like a co-created sermon would help illustrate the point. We'll see how it goes. We settled on spiritual practices that help grow our mustard seed of faith which is a cooperative effort with God. In our musings, we settled on these categories of spiritual practices: worship study service prayer In fact, a lot of these can be interwoven. Maybe prayer is the umbrella and worship, study, and service goes underneath. Aaah, well, things to parse out. The things that strengthen my journey include haiku, writing, photography, music, worship, intellectual inquiry, listening to sa...
Sabbath in the Flower

Sabbath in the Flower

photo, reflection, sabbath, spiritual practice
“A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week.”   -- Henry Ward Beecher ... Sabbath, according to scholars, is a day to rest from changing creation. To rest from being industrious. A day to step into the creation as a whole. Instead of picking the flowers, we look at them. Instead of mowing the grass, we smell it. Instead of cooking fancy meals, perhaps a simpler approach (for some of us)! Additionally, in our resting from consuming creation, we can offer something into it. Build a Lego castle! Paint a picture. Become one with the musical instrument of your choice! It is here that the rub and tension of resting from creation while entering into creating can become a l...
Pure Joy

Pure Joy

spiritual practice, Spirituality
When I look at this photo of my oldest son (who is now 21--yikes!), I cannot help but feel pure joy! His joy is so strong that it overlaps out of the photo frame, across time, and into my heart. This tells a story of being present, being fearless, and being immersed.Being present to the experience allows us to put away all the "what ifs" and "I shoulds." Leaving the past behind (what if I had...) and leaving the present in the future (I should do...). Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to stay present to what is happening right now. What is happening right now? I hear the rushing wind through the open window of cars rushing along a distant road, the scrape-scrape-scrape of yardwork, indecipherable young voices traveling along buoyant air waves...Being fearless lets us experience new thin...