An uncomplicated yet powerful spiritual exercise is to merely practice the presence of God throughout our day:
I have always believed that challenged relationships are usually lessons of some kind. I had a little time and picked up my “O” magazine for a little diversion. This particular issue was devoted to “Inspiring the Best in You”. I leisurely turned pages, having prayed and cried out to God for wisdom. I just couldn’t take the stress of the chaos from my colleague. I turned page after page trying to find refuge in the beautiful colors and shiny trinkets being advertised. Then I turned a page that stopped me dead in my page turning tracks. “May We Help You?” the page asked and it’s subtitle “Dear Me”.Read More Post a comment (0)
It was a colorful day in May. The sky was bright blue, the tennis courts olive green, and John McEnroe’s hair was wiry red.
I was sitting in the stands watching the final match of the NCAA tennis tournament in Athens, Georgia. McEnroe, a freshman playing for Stanford, was giving tennis lessons to his opponent.Read More Post a comment (1)
I’m writing this post just after noon on Good Friday—at the outset of the 3-hour period of silent reflection on Christ’s Passion.
Jesus became a human being to model what being human is.
That includes the cross.
I have no accurate conception of God’s love apart from the cross.
I would not love God if it weren’t for the cross—for, as Scripture says, we love God because God first loved us.
Without the cross, I would have no reference point from which to understand what it means to offer my body as a living sacrifice or to lay down my life for others. Without the cross, in fact, I would have no life at all.
And now, through the cross, Jesus calls me afresh to live the cruciform life:
It was a Thursday. A Thursday not unlike this Thursday. A regular day. I did normal things. Woke up. Had a shower. Brushed my teeth. Ate breakfast. I expect that on that anything but regular Thursday, Jesus did, too.Read More Post a comment (4)
As we wait on the cusp of this week, waiting to spill over into that night of betrayal and all that comes after, consider what, by the waiting, God might be moving in your soul.
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A few more resources for this holy, holy week:
A reflection on what “vigil” means by Stephen Smith of The Potter’s Inn.
While we will be continuing with a few posts on the issue of spirituality and the body this week, we would also like to provide you with a list of resources, online and offline, that will be a support to you in your journey with Jesus this Passion Week. Below are just a few that we’ve found recently. If you have more, please post them in the comments section, or email suggestions to our Senior Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More Post a comment (0)
When I was single I found that the state of my car provided a mirror to my life. When a hectic schedule reigned, the clutter and dust would accumulate, increasingly so as winter wore on. A couple of warm spring days would do wonders for both my car and my soul as the sun beckoned me outside to give them attention. Since I’ve been married, the car has not been mine to claim. We’re a single car couple, which is doable given Holland’s networks of bike paths and public transport, and the mirror has moved inside to my homeRead More Post a comment (0)
Have you ever thought how amazingly ironic it is that Jesus’ great prayer of unity and oneness in John 17 comes immediately before his crossing the Kidron Valley to the olive grove where he would be betrayed, denied, arrested, captured by soldiers, and ushered into the multiple miseries that accompany him at the end of his passion week?Read More Post a comment (1)
Fasting is all about feasting.
That thought was new to me. It helps with how I enter into practices of the Lent season. It isn’t what I give up that matters (although I always do give up something) as much as what I indulge in that makes Lent meaningful.Read More Post a comment (2)