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Redefining Family – Jake Owensby

Excellent blog from Jake Owensby

Christians were redefining family long before there was such a thing as marriage equality and Pride Month. Well, strictly speaking, Jesus himself revealed the essence of family. What he said was strikingly simple. Love creates family…

Redefining Family

Pace e Bene – 5 June 2021

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“In a very real sense, those who practice nonviolent resistance must commit themselves not to the defense of their own interests or even those of a particular group: they must commit themselves to the defense of objective truth and right above all of human beings.”—Thomas Merton

Article dedicated by Merton to Joan Baez, was first published as an Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) pamphlet. (Fellowship 33 [May 1967], 18-22)

Pace e Bene – 4 June 2021

“We have an historic opportunity for a great global healing and renewal. If we will accept the challenge of nonviolent activism with faith, courage and determination, we can bring this great vision of a world united in peace and harmony from a distant ideal into glowing reality.”—Coretta Scott King (image and quote courtesy of Pace e Bene)

Evening Prayer – 3 June 2021

Pixie missing her Mom ❤️❤️

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

It has been a good day, Lord

A good day of travel for my sweetheart

A good day of work and worship preparation

A good evening to simply relax and Be Still

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…

The Journey

Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia

Life can indeed be interesting at times. The roads which we travel and the experiences we have can be life changing if we let them. They can also paralyze us and keep us from moving forward… if we let them. In May of 1986 I graduated from seminary. The summer of 1986 I went to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia for my second summer tour as a Chaplain Candidate, Second Lieutenant. In September, 1987 I took my first call as a pastor. Thirty-three years later I am still “at it” so to speak.

Warfare (the entire time I was on Active duty this nation was at war), constantly moving (from 1987-2011 the longest I lived in one place was four years… the shortest, a year plus a few four to six month deployments), a Pandemic… yes, a lot has happened.

There has been much to reflect on and to look forward to as life and ministry continue. I didn’t think that hitting sixty would be such an invitation to reflection. A prayer that has come to mean a great deal to me is Thomas Merton’s Prayer which is found in his book Thoughts in Solitude (p. 79).

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone. Amen.

Yes dear reader, the journey continues for your Padre. Hopefully I am a bit wiser and more seasoned than the young pastor who began ministry in 1987 or the Second Lieutenant who was commissioned in 1985. As this journey continues, there is one thing that I am certain of: in the words of Merton, I will never be left to face my perils alone.

Pace e Bene – 3 June 2021

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“‘Peace’ is a strong word. It has the same root as ‘pact’ and presupposes agreement confirmed by sworn faith and law. It has the same root as ‘pay’ (pacare means ‘to appease’) and so implies measured compensation. It is an act, an act that costs an effort. It belongs to the same family as ‘compact’ and implies solidity and coherence.”—Lanza del Vasto

Sojourners Verse and Voice – 3 June 2021

Verse of the day 
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 

– Colossians 2:6-7
Voice of the day 
The weight of the world / is love. Under the burden / of solitude, under the burden / of dissatisfaction / the weight, the weight we carry / is love. 

– Allen Ginsberg
Prayer of the day 
Hear our prayers that we may love you with our whole being and willingly share the concerns of our neighbors. 

– Revised Common Lectionary

Evening Prayer – 2 June 2021

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

Thank you for a wonderful visit with friends who are family

Thank you for a time of discussion and teaching

Thank you for a time of midday prayer and worship

Thank you for a time to simply Be Still

Thank you for a lovely evening with my sweetheart and our puppy

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…

Evening Prayer – 1 June 2021

The sun has set and the Vesper lights flicker and glow

Flowers remind us of God’s refreshing and re-creating love

I am reminded of the love, mercy, grace, and renewal which the Spirit of God offers us

Thomas Merton wrote the following in his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain.

There is not a flower that opens, not a seed that falls into the ground, and not an ear of wheat that nods on the end of its stalk in the wind that does not preach and proclaim the greatness and the mercy of God to the whole world. There is not an act of kindness or generosity, not an act of sacrifice done, or a word of peace and gentleness spoken, not a child’s prayer uttered, that does not sing hymns to God before his throne, and in the eyes of men, and before their faces.

May the flowers of the field and the birds of the air continue to teach me

May they continue to uplift me

May they continue to invite me into the heart of God

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…

Getting Ready for a Sacred Summer — Godspacelight

by Christine Sine Lilly Lewin and I have been meeting every Thursday morning over zoom for the last month planning our retreat on Saturday. I cannot remember when I have had so much fun getting ready for a retreat. I love the ways we stir each other’s creativity and encourage each other to think outside…

Getting Ready for a Sacred Summer — Godspacelight