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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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    Spiritual practice: Stay in Touch With What Is

    Sunday, April 13, 2014, 6:33 PM [General]

    Today is Passion Sunday. I have written the Spiritual practice keeping in mind that we are living in Holy Week this week. I share it here with the hope that it will be helpful for you during this week.

    Jesus’ Passion is a story of suffering. Our Christian tradition invites us to consider suffering--Jesus’ suffering, our own suffering, the suffering of others, the suffering of the whole world--during holy week.

    Thich Nhat Hahn offers this advice: If you recognize and accept your pain without running away from it, you will discover that although pain exists, joy also exists.
    Just stay in touch with what is actually going on, and you will touch the true nature of suffering and the nature of joy.

    What suffering can you touch and walk with during this week?

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    Spiritual Practice: Live life to the Fullest

    Sunday, April 6, 2014, 6:02 PM [General]

    I think when Jesus told Martha that he was the resurrection and the life, that he was encouraging her in the face of death to celebrate life. This thought lies behind the spiritual practice I have suggested for this week. If you find it helpful and think of someone who also might find it helpful, please pass it along.

    Life is a gift. Celebrate it to the fullest. Here are five simple actions you could take this week to celebrate life.

    Fully embrace the now, no matter what the situation.
    Do at least one thing today that brings you joy.
    Live in total awareness for one moment.
    Listen to all the sounds you hear: the wind, trees, birds, crickets, insects, dogs, cars, planes, people-lives intermingling.
    For one moment let go of the complicated and overwhelming expectations you had of what it meant to live life to the fullest

    Peace and Blessings!
    Bob


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