Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Believe There Is Good In The World (Christmas Meditation) …

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their… Continue reading Believe There Is Good In The World (Christmas Meditation) …

Poems, Seasons

Gratitude Makes Us Joyful (Thanksgiving Meditation) …

I am filled time and again with a heart-aching wonder when I think of the fire and frost of memories of the everlastingness of love the solace of family and the power of prayer. — Sanober Khan from Turquoise Silence   Ordinary happiness depends on happenstance. Joy is that extraordinary happiness that is independent of… Continue reading Gratitude Makes Us Joyful (Thanksgiving Meditation) …

Prayers, Quotes

Courage: The Most Important Virtue …

There's a long road of suffering ahead of you. But don't lose courage. You've already escaped the gravest danger: selection. So now, muster your strength, and don't lose heart. We shall all see the day of liberation. Have faith in life. Above all else, have faith. Drive out despair, and you will keep death away… Continue reading Courage: The Most Important Virtue …

Poems, Quotes

Heal The World Through Joy …

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ… Continue reading Heal The World Through Joy …

Poems, Seasons

From Blossoms …

Mysteriously, as elusive as it is, this moment–where the eye is what it sees, where the heart is what it feels–this moment shows us that what is real is sacred. — Mark Nepo from The Book of Awakening From Blossoms From blossoms comes this brown paper bag of peaches we bought from the boy at the… Continue reading From Blossoms …

Poems, Seasons

Awaken Me (Easter Meditation) …

Risen One, come, meet me in the garden of my life. Lure me into elation. Revive my silent hope. Coax my dormant dreams. Raise up my neglected gratitude. Entice my tired enthusiasm. Give life to my faltering relationships. Roll back the stone of my indifference. Unwrap the deadness in my spiritual life. Impart heartiness in… Continue reading Awaken Me (Easter Meditation) …

Days In The Desert

Desert Day 45: The Opposite of Goodness …

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate before the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He Himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours alone, but also for the sins of the whole world. … Continue reading Desert Day 45: The Opposite of Goodness …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 43: On Coming Home …

In the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), there are two sons: the younger son, who runs away from home to an alien country, and the older son, who stays home to do his duty.  The younger son dissipates himself with alcohol and sex; the older son alienates himself by working hard and dutifully… Continue reading Desert Day 43: On Coming Home …

Days In The Desert, Quotes

Desert Day 37: The Fruit of the Spirit …

How does the Spirit of God manifest itself through us? Often we think that to witness means to speak up in defense of God. This idea can make us very self-conscious. We wonder where and how we can make God the topic of our conversations and how to convince our families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues… Continue reading Desert Day 37: The Fruit of the Spirit …