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    Spiritual practice: Live the Rhythm of Luke’s Hymns

    Sunday, December 23, 2012, 5:15 PM [General]

    Luke includes three hymns at the beginning of his gospel.  These hymns set a daily rhythm of life for all Christians.  During this week live this rhythm.  In the morning, expect to see God in your life (Zachariah’s song). In the evening, give thanks for God’s coming (Mary’s song).  Before going to sleep, acknowledge that you have seen God manifesting in your life (Simeon’s song).

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    I'm living in a "thin place"

    Friday, December 21, 2012, 10:04 PM [General]

    I’m living vicariously through my mother in what my Celtic ancestors called the “thin places.”  It is that place between two worlds, this world and the next.  My mother is making the transition we call death. It has been an interesting experience for me.  In a sense, I have felt as if I am dying.  Two nights ago, I felt my mother’s presence, as if she were visiting me.  She didn’t say anything.  I didn’t really see her.  I just felt her with me.  Physically she is over 2,000 miles away.

    The Hebrew tradition, reflected in the psalms, speaks of the “valley of the shadow of death.” Until now, I’ve not connected that phrase with “thin places.”  Now the connection seems obvious.

    Many times I have stood beside the graveside of a parishioner or one of their family members and have recited words from The Book of Common Prayer, “While we are in life, we are in death.”  Now I’m hearing these words for myself.  They are another reminder of the thin line between this realm and the next.  Or, again, the words of another prayer come to mind, “whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.”  I’m finding great comfort in these words of our liturgy. 

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    Spiritual practice: Look for Symbols of Christmas

    Sunday, December 16, 2012, 5:07 PM [General]

    As we approach Christmas Day, look for symbols which suggest to you how the presence of God takes on flesh today.   Can you find ways to honor these symbols?  Maybe take a picture, draw a picture, write a poem, or sing a carol.

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob

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    Spiritual Practice: Set an Intention

    Sunday, December 9, 2012, 3:53 PM [General]

    In Luke’s Gospel, Zachariah, John the Baptist’s father, sings a song of praise. The church—especially in the monasteries—uses this song in daily morning prayer to set an expectation to see God’s revelation each day.

    Each morning this week, take a moment to set an expectation of what you hope to see, feel or experience during this day. Let your intention go. Throughout the day notice when your intention manifests.

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob

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    Spiritual Practice: Watch with Wonder

    Sunday, December 2, 2012, 4:24 PM [General]

    Sometimes people complain about the busyness of these days leading up to Christmas.  Take a step back from the busyness and notice the energy behind it.  Feel the energy.  Can you let that excitement transform into expectation, expectation of God taking form around you, with you and in you?

     

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

     

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