Monthly Archives: July 2020

July 21

Reflection A life centered in God is not acquired by osmosis. One does not find God without looking, becoming aware, and then asking for a depth of understanding. Prayer is the language of seekers. A seeker is intuitive but also active in the search. The consistent habit of prayer opens the door of the God who is unconditional love. A

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July 20

 Reflection Young children question the “why” of reality. They question and their imaginations supersede logical thought. Their most clear learning seems to come from images and stories. Perhaps through questioning the why of reality and imagining alternate realities, we can recapture the curiosity of childhood. Why is there violence?  Why is there greed? Why is there hatred?  Why are people suffering? What is the cause

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July 19

Reflection If you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest Matthew 12:24-30 Perhaps there were some overzealous “weeders” in Matthew’s congregation who wanted to purify the community by rooting out the bad seed. This seems to be a temptation for followers of Jesus in every age. We whip ourselves

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July 18

Reflection Our life journey is marked by choices.  We can replay the path we have travelled and mark the points where we could have gone other ways. Our choices have set the direction to where we now stand. Some were rational, some were intuitive and others may have been mindless. Yet, all were significant. We were molded by them and

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July 17

Reflection Spiritual journey is a name used by many different religions to mean the natural progression of persons as they grow in their understanding of God, the world, and themselves. It is an intentional choice to grow deeper in knowledge and wisdom. Many religions attach spiritual importance to particular places: the place of birth or death of founders or saints,

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July16

Reflection Only when we see ourselves, humans, as part of creation rather than as the crown of creation, will we ever be able to come anywhere close to really grasping the greatness of God and God’s gifts to us. Only then will we begin to see the face of God everywhere. Only then will we begin to understand that we

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July 15

Reflection One of the reasons that America is so angry right now is that there is so much dehumanization…In this moment, some people seem eager even to dehumanize themselves by reducing themselves to a simple label and making politics their one identity. Personalism is about constructing systems where the whole person is seen and cultivated — schools where a child

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July 14

Reflection “The need for courageous leaders has never been greater. We simply ask that all refrain from language that disrespects, dehumanizes, or demonizes another. All are created in God’s image and are worthy of respect. We ask that all who seek to influence public opinion, all who hope to serve this nation as leaders, be always mindful of the common

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July 13

Reflection The universe is energized by the outpouring of Love. The creative act makes us all one. Love of God, neighbor and self are in the make-up of our very beings. With the gift of life we all begin to journey within that creative love. We are empowered to be conduits of Love on this earth. That there are sometimes factors which

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July 12

Reflection A sower went out to sow. and as he sowed, some seed fell on the path… Some fell on rocky ground…some seed fell among thorns… some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. Matthew 13:1-9 It is not difficult to find contemporary examples of the various responses to the word depicted in Jesus’ parable. Having the word choked out

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