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What Does Your Love Look Like? – Jake Owensby

A powerful reflection from Jake!

…We forget who we are from time to time. We distort love whenever we offer it as a carrot or threaten to withhold it like a stick. We debase love when we use it like a currency to be earned for right thinking or for right acting…
— Read on jakeowensby.com/2019/09/13/what-does-your-love-look-like/

Evening Prayer – 13 September 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

A day of appointments and reflection

A wonderful evening of music and fellowship with dear friends

Final preparations are completed

Tomorrow we walk with another family

Through the Valley of the Shadows

As I prepare for sleep

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 – 12 September 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

A long day of traveling and training

Healing the Silent Wounds

Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention

A heavy subject indeed

Bringing back memories of past experiences

Then to once again be walking

Walking through the Valley of the Shadows

One who struggled with depression

The darkness overwhelmed her

For our community and her family

I lift this humble prayer to you

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

May she find peace in your arms of mercy and love

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…

Rhythms and Cycles – Christine Valters Paintner

“We all have our own rhythms and cycles, sometimes life is full and vibrant and alive. Sometimes we are running around like crazy to avoid feeling something beneath the surface. Sometimes we crash and become ill and need to tend to our bodies. Sometimes we welcome in times of rest and feel at ease in a place of being.”

 Christine Valters Paintner, PhD,  Dreaming of the Sea – A Women’s Discernment Journey through the Story of the Selkie: An Online, Self-Study Retreat

Evening Prayer – 11 September 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

A good day of ministry

Worship and Communion in our Outdoor Chapel

Observing the Season of Peace

Shalom, Shalom… perfect Peace

Also a wonderful evening of music

Fellowship with dear friends

Thank you Lord, for these many blessings

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…

Being a Monk in the World – Christine Valters Paintner

“Anyone can live like a monk in their daily life, even if they are far from a monastery, are married, or have children.  Being a monk in the world means cultivating a commitment to slowness, spaciousness, and attentiveness to the sacred dimension of each object and activity.”

 Christine Valters Paintner, PhD,  Desert Mothers and Fathers: Early Christian Wisdom Sayings Annotated and Explained

Evening Prayer – 10 September 2019

The sun has set and the Vesper Lights flicker and glow

We are home now from our journey

Fellowship, laughter, family, and love

Yet I am still haunted

Haunted by the images from our past

When so-called christians saw biblical rationale

Rationale to own another human being

The stain on our nation is large

The tears and the cries are still heard

From prisons and workhouses

To chain gangs and slave labor

As I prepare for sleep

I cannot shake these images or sounds

Lord, may I never forget

Lord, may I never stop speaking out

Speaking out against all forms of injustice

To you, I lift this humble prayer

A prayer for those who see no light

Dona Nobis Pacem

Grant Us Peace

Grant to them true and everlasting peace and freedom

A wee prayer from the heart of your Padre…