Monthly Archives: May 2013

endings and beginnings – on guidance – 5/30/13

I’m a pusher of paradigms. I enjoy looking into the ways we think and the ways we think we know what we know, and how that guides what we do and who we are becoming. After years (lots of years) of listening to people praying in churches, I realized that our prayers, our conversations with God were often geared to protect ourselves from disappointment. We weren’t really sure if God was listening so we didn’t really ask anything. Our prayers went something like, “please heal this person ….. but if you don’t, give everyone peace about it”. As a father, I would be disappointed if my young child never expressed what they really wanted, so I decided to learn to ask, and to learn to listen and walk out what I heard. Its been at least 20 years since that decision, and I’ve found that God / the Holy Spirit / Love is the best teacher / coach / mentor ever. This One is gentle when I’ve asked, but lets me know when I’m wrong or lost. After the first two years of working on this, I realized I got the same answer 80% of the time. It was, “You’re asking the wrong question”. Continue reading

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endings and beginnings – on faith – 5/23/13

faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
faith says, count it a joy when you experience trials, for that produces patience
sometimes faith is a “just trust me” from friend or foe, king or lord
and I wonder how my experience of faith fits in with all the things I’ve been told. Continue reading

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so what …

I just read a time magazine article on the Millennial generation
and talked to my 20-something daughter and I wondered, in and around all that is changing, yet again, where God is walking, working, loving this generation of internet people. So what do you think?
[see: http://nation.time.com/2013/05/09/millennials-the-next-greatest-generation/ ] Continue reading

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endings and beginnings – a wedding – 5/9/13

The wedding of my daughter, went off well, the right event at the right time. We forgot the requisite number of important things to keep it real, but the people interactions were the most important. And now I’ve mostly recovered and am back working at my usual list of occupations (and preoccupations J ) but the new completeness of these two joined is companion to a new emptiness as she now calls home a place removed from us. Continue reading

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