Monthly Archives: April 2015

April 20

Earth Week April 20 -25 Reflection   The Earth with its layers of land and water and air provides the space within which all living things are nurtured and the context within which humans attain their identity. If in the excitement of a secular technology reverence for the Earth has diminished in the past, especially in the western world, humans…

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April 19

Reflection   The way we may be sure that we know him is to keep his commandments. 1John 2:1-5 Jesus embodied God’s will for humanity—humility, authenticity, responsibility and loving service to the Whole, and on behalf of future generations. His ways of thinking, acting, loving and resisting evil reveal our way into a God glorifying and evolutionary robust future. Jesus…

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April 18

Reflection The beauty of the natural world gives us momentary experiences of God and moves us to long for God more deeply. We need this connection with nature lying deep in our psyches as an inheritance from our primitive ancestors and their respect for sacred places. Most of us, whether or not we are members of a particular religious tradition,…

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April 17

Reflection   Each life is important; no one’s life is insignificant. Even if we are not in direct relationship to them, wherever we are people are being impacted by our presence. We project either peace and joyfulness or distress and unhappiness. Words are not necessary. People who are in our presence can either feel enhanced or depleted. Our inner attitudes…

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April 16

Reflection   How can you, a Jew, ask me a Samaritan woman for a drink? John 4:5-42 She was a Samaritan and a woman and he was a Jewish man. Besides, she had a tarnished reputation. No rabbi would have spoken to her especially in public. Once again, Jesus broke through the rigid laws and prejudices of the time. He…

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April 15

Reflection Lydia, a woman who was obviously one of the leaders in the Christian community, is among the interesting characters in the early church. Paul and his companions received shelter and welcome in her home and she presided at the inclusive meal. Scripture says” the Lord opened her heart…” Lydia was a “servant leader”, generous and open-minded. Scripture describes Lydia…

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April 14

Reflection   A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34 A person who is steeped in God seeks the good of all, appreciates differences, builds trust, and works to guarantee the rights of all. Unfortunately, many of the deep hatreds among peoples are justified by religious…

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April 13

Reflection Observing the boldness of Peter and John and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men, the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed, and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus. Acts 4:13-21 These were just ordinary folks considered second rate by the leaders and the elders. Most of the apostles were commonly encountered fishermen, men of no exceptional…

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