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Facets of Divine Love

The word love has certainly changed over the years.  The subtle change has resulted in love moving from an active verb to a possessive noun. Perhaps part of the issue is that in English, we have the one word for love - love.  We often add adjectives to describe a particular quality of love but…
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Stepping Stones – A Soulful Exercise

“Each breath, a stepping-stone to God” Here is a lovely contemplative prayer exercise from Margaret Silf’s book The Inner Compass.  Margaret is a delightful writer, a lovely soul, and companion for the journey.  I invite you to get comfortable, take a couple of deep cleansing breaths, and let your feeling paint a picture for prayer for…
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When we Experience Grief

All Grief Is Experienced at 100% Remembering that grief is the normal and natural response to a loss of any kind and that no two people experience loss the same way - All grief is experienced at 100%.  This doesn’t mean that all grief is experienced at the same level of emotional intensity.  We experience…
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Loss has many faces

Grief is often associated with the physical death of someone we care about.  While grief certainly is experienced when we lose someone we love, there are many different kinds of loss that might cause us to experience grief. Grief is the natural and normal emotional response to loss of any kind.   It is conflicting feelings…
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Honest Questions

The following was never intended to be a blog post.  Truth be told, I wrote it in a moment of heartbreak and I shared it on Facebook. Multiple likes and shares later, I thought maybe it might be worth sharing here. There are a lot of people asking tough questions.  It would be a mistake…
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Forgiveness – Love in Real Life

Through heaves of sorrow from a broken heart, he asked “Does repentance have to come before forgiveness? They have no idea how they have destroyed me.  How do I forgive?” They are unaware. Oblivious to how much they have hurt my friend. So is there any theological (or otherwise) position to forgiving those who hurt…
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Vulnerability – Art of Showing Up

They started their presentation with a 10-minute litany of why they are “f’'d up,” and this led into a conversation about vulnerability.  Their attempt to connect with us with pseudo vulnerability was less connecting, and more ‘this person could really benefit from some therapy.”  I think vulnerability is often misunderstood.   For lots of folks, vulnerability…
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What’s your Puddle of Piss?

A fly sat on a straw on a puddle of donkey piss full of pride it lifted up its head: ”I am the captain of this ship master of this ocean!” - Rumi Translated and emitted by Omid Safi Radical Love.  Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Traditions Share This:
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The Least of These

Once upon a time there were two brothers and they lived with their aging mother.  Every night one brother would devote himself to care for his mother, serving her with patience and tenderness.  The other brother, a devout sincere religious person spent his evenings in prayer and worship of God. It came to pass that…
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Two Parades. The Lie of Sacred Violence

It was the beginning of Passover as Jesus and his friends headed to Jerusalem for the to celebrate Israel's liberation from Egypt.  Word spread that He was on His way to the city. People ran out to meet this Jesus who was taking the land by storm, with his radical teachings of love; turning the…
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