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Meditation — December 31, 2016

Posted on Saturday, December 31st, 2016

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we have seen his glory: the glory of an only Son coming from the Father, fill with enduring love. John 1:14
Prayer: I am thankful for our safe travel, enjoying the presence, love and joy of so many children and grandchildren. Yes, my travel was filled with enduring love.
Response: What a special gift to you that long life is blessed with expressions of love—it seems—on a daily basis. Such a life is witness to the Lord becoming flesh and dwelling among you—not reserved to some structure but to be ever-living, bristling with enduring love that you are ever able to recognize.
In this full spirit of love, remember—even dwell on—those who are experiencing challenges that they had not anticipated, but the Lord’s healing grace with strengthen, embolden the recipient to proclaim the Lord’s love under all circumstances.
Reach out in prayer and remembrance those for whom this season is no different than the violence, depravation, loneliness that they endure daily. What a magnificent Lord who reaches you and loved ones whatever experienced. Praise this loving God as another year closes for you in His grasp.
All for this morning. Blessed New Year to you.

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Meditation — November 2, 2016

Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

But the souls of the upright are in the hands of God, and no torment can touch them. To the unenlightened, they appeared to die, their departure was regarded as a disaster, their leaving us like an annihilation; but they are at peace. Wisdom 3:1-3
These words of scripture give me comfort and security as I pray each day for those who have departed. Oh, the trauma of loss, and then in the fullness of time relief, much like bidding a loved one farewell on an intercontinental trip and hearing that they arrived safely—and on time.
Ponder these words of scripture from this side of the veil with confidence and faith measured in the spectacular sunrise you observed this morning, in the contact that you have with loved ones on a frequent basis, in the prayers you whisper for those same loved ones and for the resolution of the chaos you do experience.
No torment can touch them—they are at peace. Can you feel the tightened of your hands and the shortness of breath are replaced by a depth of perception of insight, perhaps reserved for those with hands lined from age? Can you feel the smile emerging from within prompted by your faith and confidence that all is well with them?
See if today you can make a special effort to be at peace in the Lord’s comfort and healing in whatever your circumstances. Don’t be surprised if you experience unbounded joy before the setting of the sun. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — October 5, 2016

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Scripture: Now it happened that he was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished one of the disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, this is what to say: ‘May your name be held holy, your kingdom come; give us each day our daily bread, forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us. And do not put us to the test.’” Luke 11:1-4
Prayer: I am experiencing a morning when I am having difficulty getting moving—though I did walk to the beach and view the raucous ocean swirling in the wind. And then I selected what it an all too familiar scripture verses, but found that reflecting on the translation found in my New Jerusalem Bible, I did not slide over the words from the memory; instead, I paused as if reading the verses for the first time. Incidentally, the bible was a gift to me from my old (he is 90 years old) mentor.
Response: Yes, let the words in fresh translation, bring you to the place just as Jesus was finished praying; hear the request of one of the disciples. Hear as if for the time, May  your name be holy—resounding within you and among loved ones, and spread throughout communities, especially those suffering.
In addition to praying for your daily needs, see how prominent are the words and sentiment—forgive us our sins. Don’t these words give you pause? Instead of asking, ”Who me?,” –you are directed to beg forgiveness for your transgressions—not someone else’s; and almost in the same breath the Lord goes further that you are to forgive each one who is in debt to us.
But then, we are also to pray that we will not be put to the test, at least a test that it is a foregone conclusion that you will not pass. Yes, you are asked to pray for the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness, and release His […]

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Meditation — September 23,2016

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016

There is a season for everything: A time for giving birth, a time for dying; a time for planting, a time for uprooting what has been planted. A time for killing, a time for healing; a time for knocking down, a time for building. A time for tears, a time for laughter; a time for mourning, a time for dancing. A time for throwing stones away, a time for gathering them; a time for embracing, a time to refrain from embracing. A time for searching, a time for losing; a time for keeping, a time for discarding. A time for tearing, a time for sewing; a time for keeping silent, a time for speaking. A time for loving, a time for hating; a time for war, a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
As there is a season, there was a time—I arrived at the beach precisely as a large pod of dolphin was heading south about 75 yards from the shore. Lord, let me be in rhythm with the time that is allotted to me and my loved ones.
If you were in the audience—and you are—you would have noticed the rhythm in your own life from birth, death, joy, sorrow-grief, and love. And what have you learned from being a sometimes involuntary witness, or even participant in the events of life and death?
Don’t you have a tendency to divide the events into two columns—birth is one and death . . . the second, building . . . tearing down, etc. Oh, if you could only select the life experience by remaining in column one. But, would you?
Consider what you have learned of love in the loss of a dear one, the depth of tears fostering full laughter in its time, pursuit of a worthy goal when a dream was quashed; And silence—have you discovered this precious gem as you gazed at a pod of dolphin passing as it head south? Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — September 16, 2016

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016

Remember this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to human anger; so do away with all impurities and remnants of evil. Humbly welcome the Word which has been planted in you and can save your souls. James 1:19-21

Quick to listen—what a transition from someone who hardly waited for an interlocutor to complete a sentence before I jumped in with a comment or solution when I began to listen. It is only now that I am learning to listen to companions and in my prayer—eager for the insights and wisdom that prayer yields.

How easy it is to rewind the life-reel and review again the person you were when you inserted your views into a conversation without even allowing someone to complete a thought, or prayed with the solution on the tip of my tongue. Pity, because in so doing you hardly discovered the inner urging of that person across from you; and now you regret the loss, especially when the words were spoken by a loved one.
But it is that reflection that prompts you now to listen to loved ones and strangers encountered, and listening has become essential as well to your prayer in stillness at all hours of the day when words fail you to express the depth of your seeking for wisdom, healing, understanding, and forgiveness.
Celebrate the transformation that is occurring within you. Witness this grace in all your relationships, even those of a casual nature. And thank the Lord for leading you full circle with others—all of whom are walking the life path with questions, trials, doubts, and inquiries. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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