Thursday, November 19, 2015

When you pray...

As far as acts of worship go, walking a labyrinth is one of my all time favorites. This article gives you an idea of how to start but from that point, it is much more meaningful to develop your own way of walking.

http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/22829/walking-the-labyrinth

I have prayer beads that are in my hands during Worship, during Communion, while I study, when I pray, when I am joyful, when I'm afraid, while walking a labyrinth, when I need to feel the touch of God. They are simple and hand made...




There are 3 large beads and in between the large ones are 14 smaller ones. The place for the 4th large bead is taken up by the crosses you see. When I cannot find the words to pray or when I am walking a Labyrinth, I pray the Jesus Prayer... (although this website puts this practice squarely in the Catholic church, this Methodist finds it quite wonderful).
For each small bead:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a Sinner.
When I reach the large beads I pray the Lord's Prayer and when I reach the crosses at the end, I speak the Apostles Creed

Although I love all Labyrinths, my favorite is located a the Sisters of Loretto...


Do you have to do any of this to have a meaningful prayer life? No...but I have found that there are many times when the words of others speak so much better than the words of my own mouth.

Just some thoughts and suggestions...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Unbind us Lord...

Seemed appropriate, given the attitude of so many lately...

Friday, November 13, 2015

A long, long time ago...

It has been quite some time since I've posted anything...I suppose I just needed a sabbatical. Slowly, but surely, I am gathering pieces to share with you. In the meantime, let's start with this one:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Why am I not surprised?

Am not surprised but I am disappointed...would you help either? Would you help neither?


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Give it up!



Excellent ideas! If you are searching for something to add meaning to this Lenten season, look here...

Friday, February 6, 2015

Obituary

I am not the greatest wordsmith in the world by any stretch of the imagination however, I do appreciate the written thoughts of myself and others. I am fascinated by the way people put words together to express themselves and reading is a great joy in my life. 

I must admit, I never thought of carrying my writing as far as Mr. Aaron Purmort. I can only say, Bravo! So many of us fear dying and refuse to face the fact that we will all experience at some point in time. It is obvious that Mr. Purmort did not fear and I applaud him for carrying his obvious love of words and stories into the here-after. 

Mr. Purmort wrote his own obituary, tongue-in-cheek to say the least...I would have liked to have met him in real life...

You can find his final words, here....

Friday, January 23, 2015

Racism and bulling is alive and well...

 I saw this on Yahoo News this morning...I really cannot fathom how parents feel like they are doing a good job of raising their children while perpetuating a cycle of racism and bullying...don't they understand that the "sins of the father" are taught? I will warn you...there is some ugly language so if you choose to read or listen, be prepared!


Knowing your child is being bullied is heartbreaking for any parent, but when Brad Knudsen, a father of five, saw firsthand the nasty videos that a pair of twins sent his youngest daughter, he felt helpless. Until he decided to make a video of his own.
In a nearly six-minute YouTube video (below) posted Monday evening, a clearly upset Knudsen, who is white, explains that two kids sent his 14-year-old daughter Dee Dee, who is African-American, Snapchat videos using terms like the n-word and calling her a slut. In the video, the Minnesota dad shows the Snapchat and plays a voicemail he got from the twins’ father, which also uses offensive language. The video has since been viewed nearly 300,000 times.