Tag Archives: spiritual formation

“God gives but doesn’t share”

This little saying was in my inbox the other morning.  It is a snippet from Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder,  the story about a person named Paul Farmer and his work in Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia. Farmer is a physician and medical anthropologist spending his career working to improve healthcare for some of the poorest…
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Deep Dream – Redux

[I recently shared this poem and a Lectio Divina type exercise - you can read it here.  In this post, I share my own experience and thoughts.  Again, you are most welcome to share your experience with the poem in the comment section below.] Deep Dream I’ve spent many years learning how to fix life,…
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A Deep Dream

I’ve spent many years learning how to fix life, only to discover at the end of the day that life is not broken There is a hidden seed of greater wholeness in everyone and everything. We serve life best when we water it and befriend it. When we listen before we act. In befriending life,…
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Welcome to my Garden

Take your shoes off in the garden of my soul for it is holy ground. You are welcome in the vulnerability of your bare feet to spend some time and be refreshed. All I ask is that you stay to the path as not to trample and crush the most delicate of new vegetation, and…
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Fear Not but if you do that’s okay

“Fear not” or something similar is said to be found approximately 365 times in the bible.  It seems to be a significant thread throughout the scriptures and yet, beyond face value what is to be made of these two words? if we come from a legalistic tradition, we might understand these exhortations as commands.  Edicts…
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From your Head to your Heart

“You must descend from your head into your heart. At present, your thoughts of God are in your head.  And God himself is, as it were, outside you, and so your prayer and other spiritual exercises remain exterior. Whilst you are still in your head, thoughts will not easily be subdued but will always be whirling about, like snow in winter or clouds…
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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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Deeper for the sake of Good

The Big Idea: Our best, most authentic work needs to be rooted in something bigger than us and our good work. A deep guiding force that keeps us from being consumed by our good work or worse, becoming that which we resist. We think that the good work in and of itself will keep us…
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Advent – Birthing of Christ Conciousness

So, this post is a bit different for me.  The experience I share isn't unusual for me, it is the sharing of it that is. I am reluctant to share some of the more intimate experiences but felt, maybe this might be an encouragement to someone. Last week during a quiet time,  I found myself…
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Sanitized for your Convenience?

I don't know why but for some reason I have this hangover from my early religious training - that God abhors a mess.  There was a season many years ago that I can remember teaching that the Father actually turned His face away from Jesus on the cross because Jesus was becoming sin (on our…
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