Monthly Archives: December 2018

Seeing Life Differently

This blog contains more than 800 posts.  This post was written in on December 30, 2012, at the end of my first year of blogging.  It’s still pertinent. Long ago before I heard of the concept of “spiritual formation,” I discovered Stephen … Continue reading

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The Lord is in our Midst!

‘”The Lord your God is in your midst—a warrior bringing victory.         He will create calm with his love;         he will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17, CEB). I was introduced to one of my favorite prayer songs, God be in my … Continue reading

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Continual Renewal – the Renovare Way to Discipleship (part 7)

This is the final post in a series of seven which are based on the Renovare organization’s “best practices” – six Common Disciplines drawn from the six Traditions of Christianity explored in Richard Foster’s book, Streams of Living Water. (Find earlier … Continue reading

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Like a Refiner’s Fire

“Look! I’m sending my messenger on ahead to clear the way for me. Suddenly, out of the blue, the Leader you’ve been looking for will enter his Temple—yes, the Messenger of the Covenant, the one you’ve been waiting for. Look! … Continue reading

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A Lesson from a Hallmark Movie

This blog hosts more than 800 posts, so occasionally I plan a “re-run.” This post was first published on Nov. 14, 2016.  I think that as another tumultuous year winds down, it is a blessing to watch a movie in … Continue reading

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Waiting with Mary

 During the season of Advent (the coming; the arrival) we wait with Mary, the mother of Jesus for the birth of her unexpected, though long-awaited, child. She (and we) experience all the feelings of waiting  – anticipation, awe, concern, joy, … Continue reading

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Praying with Scripture – Psalm 25: 4 – 10

Advent is a time of waiting. As Henri Nouwen re- minds us, “It is waiting in the knowledge that someone wants to address us. The question is, are we home . . . . ready to respond to the doorbell?”  … Continue reading

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From My Reading

“The poor are the center of the Church. But who are the poor? At first we might think of people who are not like us: people who live in slums, people who go to soup kitchens, people who sleep on the … Continue reading

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