To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. Louis B. Smedes
12.28.11Let Nothing Disturb Thee
“Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee; all things are passing; God never changeth.”
– Saint Teresa of Avila
You, O Lord, are close;
your law is my whole truth.
My heart begs you, Lord:
hear me, so I can keep faith.
I beg you, make me free,
so I can live your laws.
I face you in the cold night
praying, waiting for your word.
I keep watch through the night,
repeating what you promise.
Hear me, loving God,
let your justice make me live.
The wicked close in on me;
to them your law is foreign.
But you, Lord, are closer still,
your law is my whole truth,
learned when I was young,
fixed for all time.
– Prisms For a Christ-Life by David L. Fleming SJ p. 134-135
11.08.11Provider Psalm 103:1-5
When my spirit is pressed and harried,
You provide space for slowing down.
When my body is weary and worn,
You provide rest and rejuvenation.
When my emotions overwhelm me,
You provide balancing perspective.
When my mind fills with criticism,
You provide teachings on nonjudgment.
When my hearts sags with defeat,
You provide needed sources of support.
Today: I accept gratefully what is provided.
Joyce Rupp “365 Glimpses of the Divine for Daily Meditation”.
09.16.11The Light of God
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown. And he replied, “Go out into the darkness and put thine hand into the hand of God. That shall be to thee better than light and safer than a known way.” by M.L. Haskins
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” – Romans 12:1
In the book of Romans, Paul reminds us that we are to live our lives as worship to God. Take a moment to reflect on how you are worshiping God in your daily life.
07.13.11The Prayer-Action Cycle
“God needs intercessors. God needs us. We are the righteous servants of God. Sometimes our intercession will take the form of prayer. Sometimes our intercession will take the form of action. One will always lead to the other in a cyclical process. As our commitment to intercession grows, we will discover a congruence in our actions. When we pray for peace, we will act for peace. We might be unable to take specific action for peacemaking half a world away but we can translate that distant need into a nearby need and become a peacemaker in our communities, our churches, our families, or our hearts. When we pray for the starving children of the world, we will open our eyes to the physical, emotional, and spiritual hunger of children closer by and take responsibility for feeding some of those children in some way.
Congruence of word and deed, prayer and action, are part of the responsibility of becoming servants of God. Congruence is so important to the Episcopal bishop John Selby Spong that he says, “If we are not willing to live it, then let our lips be mute and our tongues be silent whenever we kneel to pray.” Recognizing the inconsistencies of our humanity, I prefer the gently and encouraging words of St. Thomas Moore, who prays, “The things, good Lord, that we pray for, give us the grace to labor for.”
– Praying for Friends and Enemies by Jane E. Vennard p. 24
06.28.11Keep Living Where God Is
When you experience a great need for human affection, you have to ask yourself whether the circumstances surrounding you and the people you are with are truly where God wants you to be. Whatever you are doing – watching a movie, writing a book, giving a presentation, eating, or sleeping – you have to stay in God’s presence. If you feel a great loneliness and a deep longing for human contact, you have to be extremely discerning. Ask yourself whether this situation is truly God-given. Because where God wants you to be, God holds you safe and gives you peace, even when there is pain.
– Henry Nouwen, The Inner Voice of Love, p. 23.
“It is a great consolation for me to remember that the Lord, to whom I had drawn near in humble and child-like faith, has suffered and died for me, and that He will look on me in love and compassion.”
— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
03.31.11The Small Things
“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
— Mother Teresa
03.22.11Your Body is a Temple
“Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourselves but to God. So you must honor God with your body.”
— 1 Corinthians 6:19
03.16.11You’re Not Here By Chance
you’re here not by chance,
but by God’s choosing.
His hand formed you
and made you the person you are.
He compares you to no one else.
You are one of a kind.
You lack nothing
that His grace can’t give you.
He has allowed you to be here
at this time in history
to fulfill His special purpose
for this generation.
— Roy Lessin
03.07.11Christ is Hope
“Look…there on the mountain, it is the Christ. He is our symbol. His outstretched arms are the daily symbol of hope for all our people–of all religions. Every time hope is not fulfilled, should we take our Christ down from the mountain? …we all need hope…there is no such thing as false hope. There is only the failure to reach our hopes. That is why we have tomorrows; they are another chance to reach our hopes.”
— Dr. Raymundo Veras, as quoted in Dr. Carl H. Delacato’s The Ultimate Stranger
03.01.11Principles to Live By
- Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
02.21.11What Cancer Cannot Do
Cancer is so limited.
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot invade the soul.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.
It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.
We think we must climb to a certain height of goodness before we can reach God. But if we are in a hole the Way begins in the hole. The moment we set our face in the same direction as His, we are walking with God.
— Helen Wodehouse
A little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but a lot of faith will bring heaven to your soul.
— Dwight L. Moody
02.03.11World of Opportunities
We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery,
guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate.
The world is all gates, all opportunities.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.