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    Prodigal Son, today's Gospel reading

    Sunday, March 10, 2013, 5:35 PM [General]

    The story of the prodigal son lets us see ourselves.


    Sometimes we behave as the younger son, wanting to go our way.


    Sometimes we behave as the older son, jealous that someone else appears to receive better treatment than ourselves


    Sometimes we see ourselves as the father, who extends forgiveness and a second chance to one who has gone their own way.


    In any case, we can be assured that God loves us in whatever role we play.

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    Spiritual practice: Let your Spending be your Thanksgiving

    Sunday, March 10, 2013, 5:25 PM [General]

    Next time you pay a bill and are tempted to grumble that you are spending your hard earned money, look at what you’re paying for.   Say thank you.  

    You pay for groceries, “Thank for this food which nourishes me.”
    You pay your utility bills, “Thank you for heat, light and clean water.”
    You pay your taxes (ok this may be a little harder), “Thank you for the roads and schools, bridges and protection, and all the services the government provides.

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual Practice: Let Your Suffering Teach You

    Sunday, March 3, 2013, 5:22 PM [General]

    Our human experience of suffering, distress and disappointment binds us to the whole of the human family.  Time to heal, time to grow, time to change are also part of our common experience.

    A grieving woman came to the Buddha.  She wanted to be relieved of her grief.  The Buddha told her the only way to relieve her grief was to go to the nearby village and find someone to give her a common mustard seed.  The Buddha placed one qualification on the household who gave the seed, it could never have experienced grief.  A few days later the woman came back, much more peaceful.  She came without a mustard seed.  She found many households willing to give her the seed.  She could not find one that had not experienced grief.  She realized she was not alone.

    This week think of the part of your experience that causes you to suffer.  See if you can find a person who has never experienced suffering.  After a few days of such a search, what do you discover?

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob 

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    Spiritual practice: remain open and receptive

    Sunday, February 24, 2013, 4:48 PM [General]

    This week let an empty cup remind you to be open and receptive.  When you fill the cup or watch another fill it for you, remind yourself that as you are open and receptive, you, too, will be filled.


    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob


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    Lenten Lectio Divina

    Saturday, February 16, 2013, 10:43 AM [General]

    Several small groups in our church are using a set of Scripture readings to do Lectio Divina as part of their Lenten discipline. I've shared the readings at this link.

    www.newbergfumc.org/bob_files/Lectio.htm

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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