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    Spiritual practice: Who you are and what you do is holy

    Sunday, July 21, 2013, 7:10 PM [General]

    Hold this thought or come back to it as frequently as you can during the day:

    I am who I’m supposed to be.

    I am where I’m supposed to be.

    I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.

    It is all holy.


    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob
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    Spiritual practice: Love your Neighbor

    Sunday, July 14, 2013, 5:05 PM [General]

    Let these words from the hymn, “Jesu, Jesu,” echo in your mind and heart.

     

    Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love,

    show us how to serve the neighbors we have from you.  

    …  

    These are the ones we should serve,

    these are the ones we should love;

    all these are neighbors to us and you.

    After you have had an interaction with another person, ask yourself, “Have I been a neighbor to her or him?”

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob 

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    Spiritual Practice: Remember Who You Are, A Beloved Child of God

    Sunday, July 7, 2013, 5:39 PM [General]

    After a successful mission, Jesus told his apostles, “do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”  His instruction is the basis for this week’s spiritual practice.

    Remind yourself several times throughout the day, “I am a beloved child of God.”

    If you do a good job at something, and you are pleased with your accomplishment, remind yourself, “I am a beloved child of God.”

    If you are less than pleased with with your accomplishment, remind yourself, “I am a beloved child of God.”

    If you feel happy because things are going your way, remind yourself, “I am a beloved child of God.”

    If things aren’t going your way, remind yourself, “I am a beloved child of God.”

    Take every opportunity to remind yourself, “I am a beloved child of God.”

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob

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    Spiritual practice: Meditate on the Fruits of the Spirit

    Sunday, June 30, 2013, 5:11 PM [General]

    Sitting quietly simply repeat the words of Paul’s list of the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control.  

    You could coordinate your repetitions with your breathing.  On the in breath, say the word “love” and then repeat it again on the out breath.  On the next in breath say the word “joy;” repeat it on the out breath.  Do the same for each of the fruits of the Spirit.

     

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

     

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    A happy day for marriage equality.

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 11:26 AM [General]

    As I listen to the news of today’s Supreme Court decisions on marriage, I’m practicing praying the news with two prayer questions.  I’m sharing in bullet form how I’m answering so far.  As the day goes on I expect I’ll continue to ask and answer, to continue to pray.  Others are praying with these questions, too.

    God of love, what would you have me learn?

    1. The decisions reflect a definition of persons.  Gender or sexual orientation alone is not a definition of personhood.
    2. The decisions reflect the country’s rethinking of relationships of persons and the definition of marriage.
    3. The decisions are not a restriction of marriage, not an erosion of heterosexual marriage; rather the decisions broaden the definition to include persons whose rights have been denied.
    4. The decisions grant benefits to couples in relationship.

    God of compassion, how would you have me respond with compassion?

    1. Treat all people with respect. 
    2. Affirm the manifestation of love as it appears in loving relationships.
    3. Affirm my own relationships of love.
    4. Give thanks for all those people who love me and share that love with others.

     

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