Recently I went to the market to purchase a few things for the evening. In the parking lot I was asked by a homeless person for some money, he needed some food apparently. Now usually I have a rule that I give something when asked. It is just a small practice in my life. However this time for, some reason, I didn't like the look and feel of this person. My words were "no, I’m going to pass tonight," and walked off into the store. Focused on my own task I was hurried and I missed an opportunity to practice compassion. I've been thinking and praying a lot about developing compassion in my life. Apparently it hasn't yet translated into practice....
The news these days is filled with more violence than I can manage. I feel my heart constricting as I am exposed to daily onslaught of violence and mayhem. It occurs to me that the temptation in the garden to be “like God” by obtaining all knowledge is exactly what is happening today. In the garden, and in God’s kingdom, humans were never designed to hold vast amounts of knowledge, pain and suffering, violence and mayhem. Only God can handle this amount of suffering and so, there in the garden, rightly connected to God, we were allowed to grow and expand under his care and custody, never exposed to that which would destroy us....
Every year when our kids were growing up we had an Advent wreath with the evening ritual of lighting the Advent candles at dinner. When everyone moved out and it was just the two of us, that tradition somehow got lost. When 3 of our grandchildren came to live with us this fall, it seemed......
I love the multitude of ways spiritual companioning happens and the way invitations seem to “pop out of thin air”! Just this past month, my spiritual director asked if I had any ideas to offer for a ritual of blessing she was creating as part of a women’s tea/shower to honor a young family member......
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