Daily Prayer

July 10

Reflection I set before you life or death, blessing or curse. Choose life then, so that you and your descendants may live. Deuteronomy 30: 15-20 Life is not meant to be rigid or stagnant. It is ever changing, ever moving, ever evolving into new expressions. To be in a state of permanent changelessness and the ceasing of vital mental activity…

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July 9

  Reflection Earth’s crammed with heaven… But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.  Elizabeth Barrett Browning Silently meditate on the vastness of the universe, the  majesty of the ocean, the  power of natural forces the grace and beauty of animals and plants and the connection we each have  within this one creation. Prayer “How wonderful, O God, are the…

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July 8

Reflection It takes a long time for us to allow God to be who God really is. Our natural egocentricity wants to make God into who we want God to be. The role of prophets and good theology is to keep people free for God and to keep God free for people. While there are some “pure of heart” people who come to…

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July 7

 Reflection Master, I want to see. Mark 10:51 Sometimes our blind spots paralyze and confuse us. We all have them. Often they are so ingrained that we do not even recognize their presence. Then, suddenly, we may experience a moment when a person, a situation, an unexpected event enters our lives. The impact enables us to risk asking ourselves “Is…

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July 6

 Reflection Living in a time that can cause us to lose heart we need to be creative. We need to let go of the comfortable and step out into the possible. Yet, creativity requires courage. It requires us to do what may be inconvenient or not usual. It means taking what is ordinary and presenting it from a different perspective…

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July 5

Reflection Come to me…and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:25-30   In this text Jesus is telling us that there is more than one yoke in this world and invites you and me to choose which yoke we will bear in life. Will we take on the yoke the world espouses of pursuing success and meaning relying on our…

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July 4

Reflection We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.—  July 4, 1776 Our country was founded on the dream of liberty and freedom, equality and human rights. Over the course of our history…

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July 3

Reflection When you are interiorly free you call others to freedom whether you know it or not. Freedom attracts wherever it appears. A free man or a free woman creates a space where others feel safe and want to dwell. Our world is so full of conditions, demands, requirements, and obligations that we often wonder what is expected of us.…

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July 2

Reflection Steeped in our traditional belief system, we forget that the ancient writers of scripture interpreted their experience of God and creation from a patriarchal world view that still believed the earth was flat. The narratives they wrote were based on an understanding of the world they knew. Now we are living with a new understanding of our origins and…

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July 1

Reflection The reign of God was the central vision Jesus had for his own life and ministry.  It was the vision he hoped to pass on to those who would continue his work. “It is apparent that the new way of living Jesus had in mind was a “here-now” rather than a “here-after” vision.  Far from being a theoretical ideal…

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