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    Spiritual practice: Take time to see

    Sunday, May 18, 2014, 4:43 PM [General]

    Seeing seems like such an easy task. Spiritual teachers have suggested that we don’t really see. For example, Jesus said, “Whoever has seen me has seen God.”

    Thich Nhat Hanh has written: “Suppose I hold a leaf in my hand. What do you see? A leaf is a leaf; it is not a flower. But in fact when we look deeply into the leaf, we can see many things. We can see the plant, we can see the sunshine, we can see the clouds, we can see the earth.”

    This week practice seeing. Look at any object. What do you see? Look at another person. Can you see God?

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual practice: Thieves and Shepherds

    Sunday, May 11, 2014, 3:42 PM [General]

    Jesus said, “The thief enters only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.”  Jesus knew that some things bring life others rob us of life.  Use the chart below to think what has brought you life and what has destroyed life.



    Destroyed life    


    (The thief destroys life)

    Enhanced life


    (The shepherd gives abundant life)            

    Life experiences that have

    People who have

    Choices that have


    Wherever possible this week choose life.


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    Spiritual practice: Enjoy Each Meal

    Sunday, May 4, 2014, 4:20 PM [General]

    As Luke tells the gospel story, at least ten of the vignettes occur in the context of a meal and several other stories draw on imagery of a meal or food..  Mealtime conversations become occasions to teach, to share life, to reflect.

    For Jesus, his disciples, and for us mealtimes connect us with each other.

     

    Bless each meal you eat this week with awareness.  Be aware of the food itself, of all those whose effort went into bringing food to your table, of all the elements that went into the production of the food, of the people who share the meal with you, of your connection to all of life.

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    Spiritual Practice: Solid Faith

    Sunday, April 27, 2014, 3:34 PM [General]

    Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.–Martin Luther

    During this week let a rock be a symbol to assure you of the solidity of your faith. Hold the rock in your hand. Feel its texture and density. Let it be your cue to contemplate the solid nature of your faith–the truth upon which you build your life.

    Sometimes people feel like their faith is not very solid. If you have that feeling, remember as you contemplate the solidity of the rock you are holding that at the subatomic level even that rock is mostly empty space.

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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    Spiritual practice: Look for Signs of New Life

    Sunday, April 20, 2014, 3:35 PM [General]

    Christ is risen! That’s the Easter proclamation, a word of hope.

    Easter Sunday morning's worship was a celebration of life and the renewal of life.

    My prayer is that you will be inspired to embrace life and that through the week will look for signs of resurrection. To help all who want to look for signs of life I am suggesting the following exercise as a spiritual practice.

    During this first week of Easter, look for signs of new life. Carry a little notebook with you (or open a file on your phone). Every time you see one of those signs of life or renewed life, make a note of it. At the end of the day review your list and remind
    yourself that you have seen signs of life.

    Let Life spring up within you.

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob

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