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    No Separate Self

    Sunday, June 29, 2014, 1:11 PM [General]

    Jesus said if someone receives you,

    they receive me,

    and if they receive me,

    they receive the one who sent me.

    This is Jesus’ way of reminding us that we are all connected.

    It is not a matter of saying,

    I am here,

    you are there,

    and God is outside of both of us.

    Jesus reminds us that we are not separate.

     

    During this week notice the places where you feel separated from another and notice the times when the distinctions blur and you feel that to serve another is really to serve yourself and to serve God.

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    Spiritual practice: Discernment

    Monday, June 23, 2014, 12:29 PM [General]

    The gospel lesson for yesterday included Matthew's encouragement for disciples to persevere in their commitment. My reflections lead me to ask, when to persevere and when to change course. I've written a spiritual practice to consider that question.

    Kenny Rogers sings about this spiritual practice: “You’ve got to know when to hold 'em; know when to fold ‘em.” All of us have made commitments or started a significant project only to come to a place where the going got rough. We had to decide whether to persevere or to cut loose and change course.

    During this week, especially if you are at one of those decision points, reflect the decision (either past or present) to stay the course or to turn away.

    Then pray a modified form of the serenity prayer: 

    Give me the wisdom to know whether to stay or turn
    And the courage to take action.

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    Spiritual practice: Speak up for Justice

    Monday, June 16, 2014, 1:24 PM [General]

    Yesterday was Peace with Justice Sunday in the United Methodist Church. I wrote my spiritual practice for the week with that in mind. I'm sharing it here with my Beliefnet friends.

    When you see or become aware of an injustice, speak up. Words carry their own power.

    To the best of your ability name the injustice and suggest a solution. Your words can take several forms--a prayer, a word in a conversation, a speech, a letter to congress, the president or someone in authority.

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    Spiritual Practice: Experience the Invisible, Untouchable Spirit

    Monday, June 9, 2014, 2:40 PM [General]


    Spirit is invisible and untouchable. In the Scripture lessons for Pentecost Sunday, the writers spoke of visible things to make Spirit known. 
    the sound of a fierce wind 
    spiritual gifts visible in human action
    flames of fire 
    rivers of living water 

    Pay attention this week to how you experience Spirit--in sounds, in objects, in actions, in feelings?

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    Spiritual Practice: Be the Revelation of God

    Monday, June 2, 2014, 2:21 PM [General]

    Jesus revealed God by his deeds and presence.  Jesus prayed that we might be one with each other, with him and by extension with God.  In his absence, we take up the mission of Jesus to reveal God by our presence and our deeds.  Here are five specific ways you can reveal God this week:

    a compassionate eye

    a smiling face
    a warm heart

    loving words

    physical service


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