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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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    Spiritual Practice: Offer a blessing

    Sunday, May 25, 2014, 3:38 PM [General]


    Begin by asking for blessing for yourself: may I be happy; may I be free from suffering; may I have peace.

    Extend the blessing to your family and friends. You can bless them in person or you can bring them into your imagination and bless them. May you be happy; may you be free from suffering; may you have peace.

    Extend your blessing even further to those you don’t know very well or maybe don’t even know at all–a stranger on the street, a person you see in the newspaper or on the evening news.

    Extend your blessing to those you think of as enemies. In so doing, you are practicing the teaching of Jesus: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.”

    Peace and Blessings!

    Bob

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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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