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Ignatius and Scripture – Christine Valters Paintner

“Ignatius believed that our imagination, senses, and feelings were holy vessels and portals into understanding the sacred. He invites us to read a text prayerfully, and then to imagine stepping into the story ourselves, seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and feeling what it is like to be in the scene.” 

 — Christine Valters Paintner, PhD Watershed Moments in the Hebrew & Christian Scriptures: An Online, Self-Study Retreat

Evening Prayer – 19 February 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

After a day of traveling

After a time of inspiration and challenge

Our General Assembly Stated Clerk speaks from his heart

He speaks prophetic words to us

The church isn’t dying, it is reforming

If the church doesn’t reform, it will die

Lord, help us to slow down and hear your voice

Speak to us words of comfort and challenge

Guide us into the way of reformation

Guide us into the way of new life

As we walk this pathway, hear this humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Our Idea of God – Thomas Merton

Food for thought as I prepare for sleep. Thomas Merton speaks to me today and to the world today just as he did fifty years ago ❤️❤️

In all the situations of life the “will of God” comes to us not merely as an external dictate of impersonal law but above all as an interior invitation of personal love… Our idea of God tells us more about ourselves than about God. We must learn to realize that the love of God seeks us in every situation, and seeks our good. — Thomas Merton in “Silence, Joy”

Evening Prayer – 18 February 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

As the day draws to a close

A day filled with work and preparation for our Retreat

As we prepared, we prayed for our Deacons and Elders

We prayed for the church in our community

We pray as well for the witness of the church in the world

Where there is hatred, may we sow love

Where there is injury, may we bring healing

Where there is division, may we bridge builders

In all things, Lord, may we be instruments of your peace

To you, O Lord, I lift this humble prayer

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Creative Expression – Christine Valters Paintner

“We may find ourselves drawn to creative expression because it taps into what is most vital and alive in us.  This burning in our blood seeks expression in the world, whether through art, song, cooking, gardening, our work, relationships, or in our presence to others.  Becoming fire means saying yes to life by the very way we live.”

 — Christine Valters Paintner, PhD Water, Wind, Earth, & Fire: The Practice of Praying with the Elements

Throw Away Children

Heartbreaking and true… these are God’s children… they must not remain invisible to us!

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Thrown Away

     As we were talking to some of our homeless friends on the street yesterday I saw a young man shivering and walking down the middle of the street. He has the name of an archangel.

     “I have some coats, gloves and beanies. Do you need anything?”

    “Yeah, I’ll take anything. I just got here.”

     “Where are you going?” I ask after we outfit him with some warmer clothes.

     “I’m going to the hills,” he says.

     “It’s still freezing at night. Do you have a sleeping bag or blanket?” I ask.

     “No, I have nothing,” he says.

     We direct him toward a place that gives out sleeping bags. I hand him my last backpack with some food, water, gloves, and beanie. He puts on two coats.

     His eyes are unfocused and seem in shock. We say goodbye.

     Later I…

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Evening Prayer – 17 February 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

Thank you Lord, for the beauty of this Lord’s day

For wonderful worship and fellowship

For time to study and prepare for officer training

For time to simply be with my sweetheart

For time spent enjoying music and friendship

For all of these gifts, I thank you, Lord

Now, as my eyelids grow heavy

I lift this humble prayer to you

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…