Saturday, January 26, 2019
Let no unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs that it may benefit those who listen.
All forms of strife in relationships violates this Golden Rule of Communication.
If I set this standard for all my communications with others, I would promote love, peace, harmony and wholeness - shalom - in myself and others.
By God's grace seek to set this Rule as a standard in every word that comes from your lips.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Sometimes I question even the presence of God. Other times the presence of God is palpable. I had one of those moments this evening. I hung out w/ my tall, handsome, bright son, Matt, as he slogged through some AP American History (APUSH).
A lover and deep feeler of music, often from my era, he pulled up one of the most beautiful:
Sunshine on my Shoulders
Just earlier that evening, another song of the sun touched me deeply and we listened to that together:
Here comes the Sun
Sun, Son, Hope, Bright, Deep Affection, Warmth, Tears of Joy
Where love abides, God is there.
When you feel love in the depths, that is what God feels like.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Effective spiritual communities achieve a balance between a single, overall community purpose and the various purposes of individuals within the community. This means the community has one overarching calling from God to fulfill and that this overarching calling embraces and unifies the various callings of those within the community.
We do not just want to have just one or the other. We should not have to choose between a single community purpose that every individual is required to mindlessly conform to, at the one extreme, and a multitude of unrelated, individualistic purposes that have no cohesion, structure or meaning together, at the other extreme.
We must have both community purpose and individual purpose. In fact, healthy community forms that context in which individual callings and responsibilities are expressed in order to fulfill the community’s corporate purpose.
Saturday, January 5, 2019
“Wisdom urges us to take maximal responsibility for our own acts and accept all that befalls us as God’s work. The temptation is to do just the opposite—blame fate, or God for what we do not control, even in ourselves, but indulge in self-congratulation, anxiety, self-pity, or remorse over what we deem our own domain.”
-Lenn Goodman (summarizing Jewish philosopher Bahya Ibn Pakuda)