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Cultivating Feelings & Letting Go of Denial

Cultivating Feelings & Letting Go of Denial

Luke described Jesus’ desire to gather us together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings. This is a very feminine way of describing God. God as a mother hen offering us protection. As I thought about this, I began to ponder stereotypical descriptions of women versus men. I thought about how women can express their feelings much more than men. Perhaps this feminine God wants all of us, women and men, to express our full range of humanity including our innermost feelings. (Psalm 27, Luke 13:31-35)

saying thank you

Saying Thank You

The emotions of gratitude sneak up on us as an unplanned response. But what happens if you are the one who is not overwhelmed with gratefulness. How do we experience gratitude when our feelings are elusive? Perhaps the answer lies in defining gratitude as not just what we feel, but also as what we say and do. Then those actions and habits and practices of gratefulness can begin to change us. (Psalm 95:1-2, Luke 17:11-19)

everything is a gift

Everything is a Gift

Who likes writing thank-you notes? Who finds it a chore? How often do you give a gift and not receive a thank you note? As I write this sermon, I have just remembered a note that I intended to write this week and failed to do. There is a disconnect sometimes between the gratitude we feel and how we act. (Psalm 136:1-9,26, James 1:17)

love's faithfulness - wilderness wonderings on the way of love

Love’s Faithfulness

The forty days of Lent are a time for us to take stock of our lives and how we are loving God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and where we fall short. Those scriptures we read make several mentions of our hearts and remind us of the work we are called to do during Lent. (Psalm 51:1-17, Joel 2:1-2, 12-17)

celebrating presence

Celebrating Presence

One of the legacies from St. Patrick whether he actually wrote it or not is the prayer known as St. Patrick’s Breastplate. It is an ancient form of prayer for protection on a journey and is also a personal statement of belief. The prayer reminds us that God in Christ is ever close to us. God is Present with us. (Psalm 139:1-6,13-18)

blessing the world

Blessing the World

Pelagius and Augustine, two 5th Century men, had quite an impact on Celtic Spirituality: one defined what it is, and the other what it is not. In 664 a synod was convened at a monastery in Whitby where the clashing theologies were debated. King Oswig decided in favor of the Roman mission, and gradually the Celtic stream of spirituality became less influential. Celtic Spirituality never died out totally in Britain and their blessing prayers were passed down orally from generation to generation. Many of them were collected together in the late 1800’s. (Psalm 103:1-5, 20-22 & 31:1-8)

bless to me

Bless to Me

“Bless to Me” is a strange phrase to our ears. When we pray this phrase we are asking God to make this moment right now holy and sacred so that we will be able to see and feel God’s presence in the moment. We are delighting in the “small things,” in the everyday objects and routine happenings, and moving through the day deliberately noticing everything around us. (Psalm 148:7-12 & 42:1-4)

blessings in each moment

Blessings in Each Moment

Celtic Spirituality is grounded in a way of living that observes and celebrates the ordinary acts and encounters of life. Living the blessing way means living by giving continual praise and thanks for the holy moments in our lives. Today, we are thinking about the rhythms in our lives: our daily rhythms and the rhythms of the season. (Psalm 113:1-4 & 104:19-23)

How Long: Renouncing Evil

How Long: Renouncing Evil

Evil, injustice and oppression are all too real in our world today. Racial justice. Human rights. Human trafficking. Healthcare. Wealth Distribution. Earth stewardship. Immigration & Refugees. War & Violence. We can go on and on. We long for God’s peace and justice. And until that time, we cry out with the psalmist, “How long?” (Psalm 13)

god wont give you more than you can handle

God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle

Many years ago, when my twins were born, it was hard work and I was constantly exhausted. It was not uncommon for them both to be screaming at the same time and it was heart-wrenching deciding who to pick up and deal with first. Folk often said to me “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle.” And I admit it did spur me on and I would think, “alright, I can do this” and praise the Lord they weren’t triplets! At other times, though, it just made me feel a failure. (1 Corinthians 10:13, Psalm 46:1-2)