A loved one has just trusted me with a piece of their identity, and I’m not sure how to feel. Perhaps in the past I have simply accepted what so many say, that the Bible argues against those are proudly LGBTQ+, without ever considering how accepting that notion as fact might affect someone near and dear to me. Perhaps this loved one’s coming out has rocked me to my core, or perhaps part of me was expecting it all the while. Either way, here I am, in front of you, all-loving Lord, asking you what I should do and how I can support this person I care so much about. Continue reading “Prayer For When A Loved One Comes Out To You As LGBTQ+ …”
Daily meditation resources can be a helpful way to spending time in quiet contemplation everyday. Because we are all different and because each of us has a unique relationship with God, no one method will work for everyone. Below are a selection of books and online resources to help you along the path. Experiment until you find the time of day and format that helps you the most.
It is important to remember as you try to grow closer to God is that God is already reaching out to you. God is the one who gives you the desire to grow, and God wants you to grow. You just keep showing up, even when you don’t particularly feel holy or loving or centered. And you can trust that if you do so, God will show up, too.
A Prayer for Daily Insight
Open my eyes, God. Help me to perceive what I have ignored, to uncover what I have forgotten, to find what I have been searching for. Remind me that I don’t have to journey far to discover something new, for miracles surround me, blessings and holiness abound. And You are near.
― Naomi Levy from Talking to God: Personal Prayers for Times of Joy, Sadness, Struggle, and Celebration
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Because when all is said and done,
the last word is Immanuel — God With Us.
— Isaiah 8:10, The Message
Continue reading “God With Us (Christmas Meditation) …”
Advent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”. It begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve, thus there is some variation in its length.
Advent is traditionally a season of expectation and hope. And yet, it often gets overlooked as an important part of Christmas in the flurry that leads up to it. Preparing for Christmas is just as important as celebrating it. Here are some simple and easy ways to recognizing Advent as a separate and cherished season as you prepare for Christmas.
Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
— Greg Anderson
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The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely.
Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf,
in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop,
in a poor person’s face. Continue reading “A Prayer For Our Earth …”
For the laughter of the children,
For my own life breath,
For the abundance of food on this table,
For the ones who prepared this sumptuous feast, Continue reading “Cultivating Gratitude (Thanksgiving Prayers) …”
Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.
— Mother Teresa from Mother Teresa: In My Own Words
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You arrived as a ripple of change emanating
from an original, unstoppable,
memory, a then made now,
entirely yourself, found now in the world,
now as creator of that world. Continue reading “The Wave …”
As we walk into words that have waited for us to enter them, so
the meadow, muddy with dreams, is gathering itself together
and trying, with difficulty, to remember how to make wildflowers.
Imperceptibly heaving with the old impatience, it knows
for certain that two horses walk upon it, weary of hay. Continue reading “The Meadow and Prayer …”