Meditation — June 13, 2018

Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Scripture: You will teach me the path of life, unbounded joy in your presence, at your right hand, delight forever. Psalm (of David) 16:11
Prayer: These words of David touch me this morning; in fact, I have repeated them in a whisper of the heart several times. No one is stirring in the stillness, only the reflection of the homes on the water opposite me and along the canal.
Response: So long have you travelled and experienced the cultures that you once only read about; you are now becoming even more aware that the path for purposes of mortality is endless. Endless in the people you encounter, the prayers that surface, the range of emotion that you experience, the time that is allowed you to reflect upon this life with all its turmoil, joy, suffering, and peace.
Isn’t it a joy to see that you are more and more attuned to the “other”—the stranger, the loved one, the community, the world with its daily challenges, and, of course, the world leaders. This is your life path that seems to have been reserved for you since you first wandered from the community in which you were raised to vast stretches of a world in need.
On this day, focus on a community that needs your prayer—that is, the orphan community that envelops the world and is especially in need as the armies position themselves opposite an enemy unaware it seems of the orphans created in the process of war. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — June 12, 2018

Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Scripture: “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in people’s sight, so that seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
Prayer: I must be reminded at times that I am the light of the world, especially on this gray, cloudy morning, where the surf, standing solitary at the edge of the sand, was in turbulence. Bring me your light, Lord, in those I encounter today.
Response: When did you last light your lamp? Was it last evening with a close friend among other old friends, exchanging deep thoughts that reflected your collective journeys of the heart? Consider that in such company you all contribute to what becomes a blazing light shared by even those warmed on the periphery of the gathering.
Sitting where you are, do you see that the clouds are dissipating and through them the faint light of morning is filtering through. So, it is with you as you reflect upon the scripture and as the words of Jesus reverberate in your heart just now.
The Lord’s presence is manifest as you sit in stillness, seeking His holy name in your life, and especially on this day that is opening for you in a new dawn. Praise, the Lord!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — June 11, 2018

Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2018

Scripture: How blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Blessed are the gentle: they shall have the earth as inheritance. Blessed are those who mourn: they shall be comforted. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shall have their fill. Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them. Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognized as children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Matthew 5:3-10 (The Sermon on the Mount)
Prayer: I am still–silent this morning, repeating the words of scripture. Across the canal from my window two Great Danes are frolicking. It is as if they had just heard Jesus’ words. Let these familiar message infiltrate the deepest corridors of my heart.
Response: Re-read the Sermon, only this time, pause with each descriptive expression—poor in spirit, gentle, those who mourn, etc., recalling times when you could be similarly described. See the Sermon as identifying aspects of yourself that might have gone hidden or disguised from even you.
See the richness you embrace as reflected in the colors of who you are and pull that tapestry over your shoulders. Share these newly acknowledged qualities with loved ones and especially the strangers you have yet to encounter.
Pray for those who are discovering the depth of their being this day and the following.
Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — June 10, 2018

Posted on Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Scripture: From the depths I call to you, Yahweh: Lord, hear my cry. Listen attentively to the sound of my pleading! If you kept a record of our sins, Lord, who could stand their ground? But with you is forgiveness, that you may be revered. I rely, my whole being relies, Yahweh, on your promise. My whole being hopes in the Lord, more than the watchmen for daybreak, more than the watchmen for daybreak. Psalm 130 (Song of Ascents):1-6
Prayer: As I walked along, the young driver of a pick-up truck stopped and asked the breed of my dog. He responded that he had a Lhasa Apso. I told him that I was familiar with the breed. I lived in India and traveled to Tibet. “No way!” he said, concluding with “God bless you!” as he drove off. So, I began the day with a blessing!
Response: You were that watchman this morning waiting for daybreak, and the Lord conveyed His blessing to you rather pointedly in the words of the young man. How often do you think that you also were instrumental in blessing a stranger traveling on the path?
Thus, begins another day, but already you have evidence that the Lord is present in the person of a stranger. Be especially attuned to His voice and the prompting of your heart. If you listen intently, you will hear His voice again, and again.
Pray for the originator of the blessing to you this morning, and for those who are distracted by the challenges and tumult in their lives and can’t hear distinctly the Lord’s call. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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Meditation — June 9, 2018

Posted on Saturday, June 9th, 2018

Scripture: As for me, I am already being poured out in sacrifice and the time of my deliverance is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:6-7
Prayer: I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. How could I not reflect in my youth being in the closing strokes of a close race on the water, in a shell with close teammates with whom I practiced arduously for months awaiting this opportunity. The water flowing past my window this morning brings alive this memory, and Paul’s words reach me deeply.
Response: Without being too dramatic, your presence and awareness of your surroundings and those you encounter and with whom you communicate contribute to your good fight. You might be surprised, but reflection and prayer contribute to your preparedness, just as miles rowing previously when you were younger prepared you for racing.
Paul dignifies the art and endurance of racing as he reflects in the Lord’s grace and love his conversion and dedication to the Lord’s love, mercy, and forgiveness.  His anointed words touch you and color the tapestry of your life with the sparkle of the Lord’s presence in your life.
Take your thought this morning to the unsuspecting, who hold an oar but still wonder its purpose. Encourage those who have journeyed long to ready themselves for the race of their lives in the fulness of the Lord’s love. Praise God!
All for this morning.

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