Thursday, January 29, 2009
allows us to claim our own power and not let these events destroy us; it enables them to become events that deepen the wisdom of our hearts. Forgiveness indeed heals memories.
To open our hearts to another person's suffering is a revolutionary act. The desire to feel what they feel and help them along the path is not without cost. Jesus gives us the example. When He opened His heart to all...freely and willingly giving of Himself until there was nothing left. May He give us the strength to follow His example.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I'm a day late posting this...
National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world. We also underscore our dedication to heeding this message of conscience by speaking up for the weak and voiceless among us.
The most basic duty of government is to protect the life of the innocent. My Administration has been committed to building a culture of life by vigorously promoting adoption and parental notification laws, opposing Federal funding for abortions overseas, encouraging teen abstinence, and funding crisis pregnancy programs. In 2002, I was honored to sign into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which extends legal protection to children who survive an abortion attempt. I signed legislation in 2003 to ban the cruel practice of partial-birth abortion, and that law represents our commitment to building a culture of life in America. Also, I was proud to sign the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, which allows authorities to charge a person who causes death or injury to a child in the womb with a separate offense in addition to any charges relating to the mother.
America is a caring Nation, and our values should guide us as we harness the gifts of science. In our zeal for new treatments and cures, we must never abandon our fundamental morals. We can achieve the great breakthroughs we all seek with reverence for the gift of life.
The sanctity of life is written in the hearts of all men and women. On this day and throughout the year, we aspire to build a society in which every child is welcome in life and protected in law. We also encourage more of our fellow Americans to join our just and noble cause. History tells us that with a cause rooted in our deepest principles and appealing to the best instincts of our citizens, we will prevail.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2009, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
GEORGE W. BUSH
The ability to think and reason are our greatest gifts but often time they're also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to remain victims of our unceasing thoughts? How different would life be if we change them to unceasing prayer? If we were to take our inner dialogue and change it into a continuing dialogue with God...
God dwells in the center of our beings and wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds. If we but make the effort to turn to Him.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
All the great spiritual leaders in history were people of hope. Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Mary, Jesus, Rumi, Gandhi, and Dorothy Day all lived with a promise in their hearts that guided them toward the future without the need to know exactly what it would look like. Let's live with hope.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Take a few minutes and watch...listen to the wisdom!
I read The Anchoress Online often, she found this first...
Monday, January 12, 2009
Time spent in silence can also be time spent with God. If we focus on not moving or speaking, on blocking out all the everyday sounds, it allows our mind and heart to open to experience our Creator. Given time, we may be able to hear "the still, small voice of God". He is ready to meet you in the silence, are you ready to go there?
I work with the youth of our church (part time) and love that I have the opportunity. Is it hectic and frustrating at times? Yes, but in the end it is well worth it! Do you struggle with putting enough of yourself in doing the things that you love? While I prepare for meetings, I pull much of what I teach from other resources without taking the time to make them my own. You may have noticed that many times I pull from others for postings on this blog. While that is not essentially a bad thing, shouldn't most things we do come from our heart? Can they do so if we don't spend enough time with them to get our heads all the way around the concepts and create our own vision?
This is a rambling post, just looking for feedback...
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The early American Indians had a unique practice of training young braves. On the night of a boy's thirteenth birthday, after learning hunting, scouting, and fishing skills, he was put to one final test. He was placed in a dense forest to spend the entire night alone. Until then, he had never been away from the security of the family and the tribe. But on this night, he was blindfolded and taken several miles away. When he took off the blindfold, he was in the middle of a thick woods and he was terrified! Every time a twig snapped, he visualized a wild animal ready to pounce. After what seemed like an eternity, dawn broke and the first rays of sunlight entered the interior of the forest. Looking around, the boy saw flowers, trees, and the outline of the path. Then, to his utter astonishment, he beheld the figure of a man standing just a few feet away, armed with a bow and arrow. It was his father. He had been there all night long.
Sometimes it may feel like God is far away from us in a cold, dark world. We may feel that danger surrounds us and we are utterly helpless...not true! He is as close as a whisper...if it feels like God is far away, He hasn't moved, you have. He is ever ready to help, guide and protect us.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
This is the shortest verse in the Bible and it tells us much more than you might think at first. It shows that when Jesus became a man and came to redeem us from our sins, He poured out His power and became a shell of what he really was. Jesus felt the same emotions, faced the same temptations and had the same kind of problems that we do. He knows how difficult it is sometimes to maintain self-control.
Jesus came to earth as the ultimate sacrifice so that our sins could be forgiven. Even if we get angry and lose control, Jesus forgives and forgets. If you think about it, you realize that this is the kindest thing anyone can do for another. Always remember to forgive just as Jesus has forgiven you and recognize when you should apologize and ask others to forgive you.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
On January 6th, we remember that the Wise Men stepped forth with wonder. They didn't know where the journey would lead nor how long it would take. Tradition tells us they felt the star foretold an important event. It's obvious they felt something wonderful would be at the end, otherwise, why take such expensive gifts? But even they, wise as they were, could not have known Who they would see.
Webster defines epiphany as an "illuminating discovery." The Magi followed the illumination of the star to behold the "Light of the world", the Christ. I would pray that we all feel the wonder of the journey that leads to a deeper relationship with Christ and that we have the courage to take the first step.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
A meditation by Henri Nouwen
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Somehow, some way, God will come through. Our sorrow and our mourning will be turned to gladness...How? However God chooses...it is His hand that turns bad things into good, water into wine, tragedy into triumph. The promise is there. Accept it, receive it, believe it and Rejoice!!!