Meditation — February 9, 2018

Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018

Scripture: I am filled with love when Yahweh listens to the sound of my prayer, when he bends down to hear me as I call. Psalm 116:1-2
Prayer: No trouble for Him to hear me this morning. The sun is just rising; its pink light is reflected on the flat water of the canal. Not a soul is stirring.
Reflection: It is times like this that you are truly alone in a crowd and your inner thoughts, thoughts and aspirations are heard. There is no struggle now to identify those for whom you to pray, to identify your concerns, to identify the rhythm of your heart in the stillness that surrounds, interrupted only by a distant crow, and a fleeting black bird crossing your field of vision.
This is indeed the time to focus on those who are preparing to reinvent themselves, those new or old to relationships and embarking on a new adventure, loved ones exploring new adventures and challenges, and you in your pursuit of excellence.
The sound of your prayer may not even be audible except to the Lord who bends down just now to hear the murmurings of your heart. Listen to Him. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — February 8, 2018

Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Scripture: Humbly welcome the word which has been planted in you and can save your souls. James 1:21
Prayer: On this day, marking my 79th birthday, I give humble thanks to my family, especially my children and grandchildren, my departed loved ones, those whose friendship I cherish, and those I have yet to meet in this lingering journey.
Response: Birthdays are for reflection and a brief look back and around, but you take the next step in the present into the future that awaits you. Who knows, perhaps you will live until the 103 years that you are predicted in jest.
Humbly welcome this day which has been granted you. It is like the stream of water passing you in the canal outside your window to the bay beyond, carrying your sentiments of love and understanding. Oh, does this understanding reflect your life which at times was turbulent, even now the challenges of being alone, all have prepared you for the present time in your expanding, or is it lingering, life.
Weave your prayers today with and for those loved ones and strangers who also humbly welcome the word which has been planted in each of your souls. Praise the Lord!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — February 7, 2018

Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Scripture: Bear with one another; forgive each other if one of you has a complaint against another. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same. Over all these clothes, put on love, the perfect bond. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together in one body. Always be thankful. Colossians 3:13-15
Prayer: This morning early, I was thumbing through Gary W. Moore’s “Apprenticeship with Jesus,” a book I read some time ago, and I paused on this scripture quote from Paul. The anointed words were an invitation for me to consider their meaning today—there are no coincidences.
Response:  Coincidence or not, is there not a day when these words don’t burrow deep within and flush out a lingering hurt that requires healing. Paul’s provides the ointment of love and grace to apply generously to that subtle, perhaps, invisible scar. Note how you experience its relief at first application!
Forgive each other—and in asking forgiveness include yourself as well as the person involved, even if the person has passed, as the wound lingers.  Remember the Lord has forgiven you.
Over all these clothes of who you appear to be put on love. Discover for yourself how the peace of Christ reigns even more visibly in your heart now, and how thankful you are. Praise the Lord!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — February 6, 2018

Posted on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Scripture: “Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap; because the standard you use will be the standard used for you. Luke 6:36-38
Prayer: These anointed words—Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven—have resonated in my heart over the years, always calling me to consciousness. On each occasion, I pause, like now, to consider those for whom I pray, especially those whom I have forgiven—some of them long absent, and I am even more conscious of my transgressions for which I also beg forgiveness.
Response: Don’t neglect to reflect upon the first words  . . .  be compassionate . . . which signals a new direction as if you were wandering disoriented in a dense, dark forest and suddenly discovered the path to the light.
Isn’t it possible that compassion is the bedrock for not judging or condemning, and of course leads quite naturally—or is it supernaturally— to forgiving another and begging forgiveness for yourself?
Spend some time today reflecting on the Lord’s graciousness—Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap.  Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — February 5, 2018

Posted on Monday, February 5th, 2018

Scripture: “And eternal life is this: to know you God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3
Prayer: Reading scripture this morning as the sun shines brightly and the water in the canal seems determined to flow west into the bay, I am caught in mid-strokeby these sixteen words. Eternal life is not a place, but a knowing—a knowing I have pursued—sometimes unconsciously—in the all the joys and calamities of life.
Response:  Don’t these words quiet you—still your movement, hustle, and anxiousness—as you listen to the breath of the Lord that is in sync with your own breathing. Your mind, accustomed to columns of words, resists such simplicity, but this morning the words have touched you deeply.
Isn’t it like swimming in an expansive body of water with no particular destination in mind at first—or at least one that has not been revealed to you? Each stroke you take leads to the next effortlessly, and you experience no fatigue.
You now seem to be heading for a distant horizon, and have absolutely no inclination to return to your starting point. Any fear that you will not reach your goal has evaporated, and, if anything, your strokes become more confident and your breathing is steady, and your face shows no strain as you keep to this rhythm and balance that you don’t remember ever so refined than at present. Praise the Lord for reaching you wherever you are—even on a boundless ocean of His grace and love.
All for this morning.

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