Spiritual Reflections

Spiritual Reflections

Teach me how to pray

Prayer is a mysterious, miraculous and sometimes frustrating effort. Not only is the receiver unseen, but we never really know if the pleadings of our heart are heard, and if and how they are answered. I am a novitiate in the art of praying. Sometimes my prayers feel surface-deep---worse, rote.

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Corona Survival

This Corona Virus situation is not my first rodeo. Seventeen years ago, I spent nine months in quarantine while my son Charlie was in treatment for stage 4 cancer at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. No church. No gym. No outings to restaurants, no hosting dinner parties, no visits

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My Peace I give you

The Corona "beast" is trying to turn our lives upside down. Take this time to focus on what really matters: God, Family, Food and Nature. I promise these four essentials will help you endure whatever is ahead. Accept this time-out-of-time as an unlikely gift to check in and make sure

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A Lenten Nudge

Lent is an invitation to close the distance; the distance between who you are and who you know you can be; close the distance between your material and spiritual reality and loyalties; close the distance between your heart and God. There is life to be lived, meaning to be made,

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Believe in miracles

Do you believe that God is active in the world today? Even intervening with supernatural results at times? One time I left a hospital room with the first words of a eulogy in my mind, only to receive a call the next morning that the person was having a cup

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The Essentials

I was at a lecture on the Lord's Prayer given by nationally-renowned New Testament Scholar and Vanderbilt Divinity School professor Amy Jill Levine. She said the gestalt of Jesus's prayer is to live as if you have one more day before you die. Jesus is not being morbid, Levine said,

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Hold on to the Thread

The story God is writing with our lives consistently leaves me stumped. Sometimes it makes no logical sense. It feels unjust. How could the hero die half-way through the story? As Paul says, we see through the mirror dimly here. Corrie Ten Boom, in her powerful memoir The Hiding Place,

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Hope made me do it!

God will never bully us to do something worthy and beautiful with our lives. The choice is always ours. But God will also never stop giving us opportunities to say, “Yes.” Christmas happened and continues to happen when we agree to birth any amount of goodness into this world. Mary

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Plant Ground Cover

Each of us has been deeded with our own metaphorical farm, a plot of time and space to grow something beautiful and benevolent with our lives. We also must make sure we have deep enough roots to sustain us through the inevitable setbacks. Following the blueprint of nature, we are

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