Spiritual practice: Experience the energy of pure being

    Sunday, March 2, 2014, 4:00 PM [General]

    In  the  story of Jesus ’  transfiguration, the disciples saw Jesus as pure light.  


    During this week light a candle during your moments of meditation.  Let  that light remind you of the pure light, the pure energy, of your being.  Realize that pure energy is the essence of your being.

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob 


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    Spiritual practice: Simply Be

    Sunday, February 9, 2014, 12:52 PM [General]

    Jesus says, “you are the salt of the earth … you are the light of the world.”   Both of these sayings suggest that you have influence in the world, not necessarily because of what you do, but because of who you are.  This is a significant observation:  only you are you and your presence influences relationships, situations, and events.

     

    Often people hear these words of Jesus with a should, that is, “you should be the salt of the earth.”  Then they struggle to become the salt of the earth or experience guilt because they don’t measure up to their own expectation.  Jesus didn’t use the word should.  He simply affirmed, “you are…”

     

    Enjoy simply being.  During this week use Jesus’ words to remind you that you ARE …  Then let these words remind you  of your influence.  See if you can observe places where your very presence has made a difference.  You might even consider asking a trusted friend how they observe your influence.

     

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

     

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    Spiritual Practice: Jesus’ Unusual Blessings

    Sunday, February 2, 2014, 4:00 PM [General]

    Jesus pronounced blessing on the poor in spirit; those who mourn; the meek; those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; the merciful; the pure in heart; the peacemakers; and those who are persecuted.  Most of us at one time or another have experienced these conditions.  Do you agree that these are happy conditions?  For the most part our culture teaches us that these, at least several of them, are not happy states.

     

    The next time you experience one of these conditions, or maybe when you reflect on a past experience, see if you can find the blessing in it.

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob 

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    Spiritual practice: Say Yes; Say No

    Sunday, January 26, 2014, 5:20 PM [General]

    When Jesus called his first disciples, they had to make a choice, 
    stay with what they knew, the family business, or leave it all behind to follow Jesus. To do both was not an option. For us too, to make one choice closes other options. 

    The choice of the first disciples is our choice, too: to follow what we know, with predictable or mostly predictable outcomes or to risk it all to follow Jesus with nothing more than a promise. This is the way of the spiritual life--to choose to follow the promptings of spirit wherever they may lead.

    You can review some of your choices. 
    To what have you said yes? By making that choice, to what did you say no. 
    To what have you said no to protect or reaffirm an earlier choice?

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob 

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    Prayer for MLK Day

    Monday, January 20, 2014, 1:13 PM [General]

    Later today, I will give the invocation for a MLK commemoration. I'm sharing it here with my Beliefnet friends:

    Today we remember Martin Luther King, Jr.

    May his dream be our dream:
    “to live in a nation where [people] will not be judged 
    by the color of their skin, 
    but by the content of their character.”

    Let the resonance he gave to the words 
    of an ancient prophet echo throughout our communities:
    “let justice roll down like water.”

    May the memory of his booming voice enable us to hear 
    the words of our Declaration of Independence 
    to be as inclusive as they appear:
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident,
    that all men are created equal.”

    Let the cadence he gave to the words of our song become the pulse of our lives:
    “let freedom ring.”

    When we feel too small or too insignificant, 
    let us hear his eloquently simple reminder:
    “everybody can serve.” 

    When to hold the dream seems too much 
    for our perceived limitations, 
    may his words encourage us: 
    “You only need a heart full of grace. 
    A soul generated by love. 
    And you can be that servant…” 

    This is our prayer this day.
    May it be our prayer thought the days to come. Amen.

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