Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers – 3/31/12

A good story, that makes the listener take some responsibility for uncovering their own issues in connection to the story, I find more effective than a direct comment telling the other directly what I know to be wrong with them. It turns out, I don’t know what is wrong with them exactly, and need their help to have them uncover what their own motivations might be and what their next steps are.

We need each other on these journey’s we’re on. And sometimes these stories bring us all closer to the conclusion. As did this parable. Continue reading

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Promises 3/30/12

Daring to believe in a promise from a trusted source is a mark of a true relationship.
I’ve felt some promises grab me by the shirt collar, look me straight in the eye and say, “this is for you”, “this is who you could become”. And though it may take some time. This is the road I’m on, to walk into what I’ve been promised, what I’ve dared to believe could be me, just ahead. Now this is how I read scripture, receiving promises, bit by bit. Continue reading

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The Parable of the Two Sons – 3/29/12

I can’t keep up with everything. There are too many things to know. Too many shows to watch. Too many things shouting at me for my attention. So I decided some years ago, to try out some of the things I’d heard and believed to be true. To see what things would really work for me. So I began to listen to things that mattered to me, that caught my attention, and so I learned to write poetry and music. I learned to pray and see more through God’s eyes rather than my own. I learned that working is a lot like a wilderness journey. I learned that its hard to be heard unless you walk closely alongside people for a time, and learn to speak their dialect and touch those things which they care about in the midst of the demands they feel they must respond to. And sometimes I learned that I can’t be heard, the way is closed that I’m attempting, and I must try another. Continue reading

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The Cross – 3/27/12

in meditations on the cross, I came to see it as a door, the front opening onto a hole, a small tunnel leading down, into death. Uncomfortable sometimes, I would leave a thing I needed to die to, sometimes forcing my fingers to let it go, sometimes remaining there as it slowly dropped from me. And then I would proceed out through the tunnel, into new life, without that burden that wasn’t mine to carry any longer. Now finally free of it, I walked into new life, which took some time to re-discover without that old burden. Continue reading

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Who Is the Greatest? – 3/26/12

“Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him Continue reading

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The cross – trash and treasure 3-24-12

A number of years ago now, I was touched by the Holy Spirit in a strange, yet delightful way during worship. I was laughing and crying at the same time. A woman standing nearby told me that I’d probably been given the gift of intercession – bringing people before God in prayer. It was not the gift I’d asked for, the experience was a bit strange and it took a few years to grow into, but I’ve grown to enjoy praying for people and watching what happens. One way I use to know what to pray I call the “House of the Lord”. If a place is prepared for me, I’d rather like to see how the building is going and what it looks like. So I’ve created the following meditation.
Take a little time with it, and dare to imagine what this intro into Love’s house looks like for you. Continue reading

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Hard Sayings -Death and Resurrection 3/23/12

I love being right. Of coming up with the right answer, of getting the thanks and approval of one for whom I’ve supplied an answer. But many times I’ve also found that my right answer may not be so right. It may be too soon (I’ve been caught trying to teach calculus to kindergartners 🙂 ), or using language of my own that the other one doesn’t understand, or I may be answering a question the other one isn’t actually asking. And sometimes I find that I just don’t really understand what I thought I did, or didn’t see the situation with God’s eyes, more was going on than I knew. Continue reading

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