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Training for Gratitude – Part 1

My favorite spiritual discipline is gratitude. I recently searched my blog and found nine posts on gratitude!  I decided that one or two more wouldn’t hurt. If invoked consistently, gratitude cancels out some of the ugliest non-loving behaviors I routinely … Continue reading

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Praying with Scripture: Habakuk 3: 17-19

Eugene Peterson’s book Eat this Book teaches us to chew on a passage of scripture, digest it, and then put it to use in practical ways. In this passage from Habakkuk 3, the writer reminds us that even though everything … Continue reading

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From My Reading – February

“A disciple is a person who reads the words of Scripture prayerfully, entering the stories, listening for God’s personal word. A disciple is a person who speaks often with God in prayer. A disciple is a person who watches what … Continue reading

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I Dream of a Church

Inspired by a Langston Hughes poem, I Dream of a World, NPR’s Morning Edition resident poet Kwame Alexander and host Rachel Martin suggested that listeners write their way out of the unprecedented events of the past year and into a space of … Continue reading

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Redeeming Daily Life – By a Guest Blogger

“To start seeing that the many events of our day, week, or year are not in the way of our search for a full life but are rather the way to it is a real experience of conversion. We discover … Continue reading

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Not So “Random” Act of Kindness

I sat in the Social Security Office nervously anticipating my first appointment in the retirement process. The room was crowded and noisy – my least favorite environment.  I first saw her through a window. She climbed carefully down the steps … Continue reading

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From My Reading – January

“Our communion of saints is not dependent on whether or not we live in the same neighborhood or like the same news channel. Our unity in Christ, our being a part of the communion of saints, is not dependent on … Continue reading

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Living in the Now

Living in the moment is a practice that many of us struggle with.  As a child, I was taught to be productive, to accomplish things, to make the most of every day. Sitting in a comfortable chair with a book … Continue reading

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