The Importance of Right Now

Today St. Peter invites us to take a long look way into the future when the world will come to an end. While he doesn’t want us to be afraid that it might happen later today, St. Peter urges us not to take the future for granted and thus be careless about how we live. There will come a time when God will bring everything to an end. But you know, it’s right now that is really important. If there is anything that needs to change in your life so that you can be happy and peace, God wants that to happen for you, even if the circumstances in your life stay the same. How can God do this? God’s Holy Spirit brings wisdom into your life about what you can do to be peaceful and happy and not rely upon anyone else for your peace. St. Peter says that God wants everyone to learn about the changes we each need to make before it’s too late.

Do you sometimes feel you are a victim of someone or something? If so, then turn to the Lord who loves you and who has all power. Ask God to free you of that feeling of fear that comes when you think you’re a victim. Allow God to change these feelings right away to those of courage and trust, as you experience the protection of God in every part of your life.

2 Peter 3: 8-14

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Living holy, godly lives  v. 11
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

This is the Eighth Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north.  Year C
Thursdays in this season are dedicated to the the letters of Peter

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

A Three-Part Pattern

Like a pattern in a quilt or a repeating theme in music, so is this psalm. It’s made up of list of four needy groups of people; each of these have three parts to them.

The key to the first part of the pattern is the word “some” followed by very difficult times that these people have: 1) Wanderers from verse 4; 2) Prisoners, from verse 10 ; 3) Fools from verse 17; and 4) Sailors from verse 23.

The second part of the pattern is how these people cried out to God in their fear and distress. The third part begins with a verse that repeats itself at the end of these groups of people; it’s the verse for today.

The three-part pattern in this psalm is like life sometimes: trouble, crying for help and then God saving. Maybe there are times in your life when you were suffering, or in trouble, or afraid. Like the sacred writer of today’s psalm, maybe you placed your trust in God, prayed and then learned that everything turned out all right and you thanked and praised God. Perhaps you learned that God is more important than anything and that God is the answer to every problem.

Spend time praising God about God’s love and kindness to you. God is always ready to help us, but that help doesn’t get to us until we just let go of trying to make things happen ourselves and trust that God will make sure that goodness comes out of suffering.

Psalm 107:1-9

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Your love endures forever. v. 1
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Eighth Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north.  Year C
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

Wisdom Alive Within

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We once began a gathering of women at our church with a game for them to get to know each other. Each woman placed a photo of herself when she was very young. The others had to guess which picture went with each person. It was hard to do, especially when the pictures were taken when they were very young.

So many changes take place from the time when we are infants to the years when we are adults. Yet with all the change, there is the same person, held together by memories that are like a thread that keeps the beads of our lives together like a necklace.

Changing, yet the same: this is what the writer of today’s passage is talking about when he speaks of wisdom. Likening wisdom to a very lovely woman, wisdom continues along the same lines as last Tuesday’s reading. As a person, wisdom says that she was born before everyone else–that before there was anything at all in creation, there was wisdom. So close is the connection of wisdom with God that wisdom is the second person of the Blessed Trinity—that person of God that actually took on flesh and came into our world in Jesus.

So when you do your homework, let it be God doing the thinking, reasoning. and imagining… and even daydreaming within you! God is very close to you in mind and heart. Let God’s wisdom and understanding become alive in you by the way in which you think. By the way that you think about things, so will you feel about things.

Proverbs 8:17-36

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Wisdom welling from within
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Eighth and Last Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north.  Year C
Tuesdays are dedicated in this season to the Book of Esther

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

 

A New Jerusalem

In the Bible we often find persons, places and things meaning more than just what they are. Today, for example, the city of Jerusalem means much more than the busy city in the Middle East involved in so much conflict. Isaiah wants us to think about a new Jerusalem—a place now and in the future that is as nourishing and lovely as a woman nursing her child.

This is not only about the Jerusalem of heaven, but also the new Jerusalem on earth now in the church. Remember that the church is not just a building and an organization; it is the very risen body of Jesus with us, nourishing us and wanting us to be filled now with the kinds of joys that will be with us in heaven forever.

How about you and I living in this Jerusalem now?

Isaiah 66:10-13

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
You love me as a mother v. 13
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Eighth Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north.  Year C
Mondays are dedicated in this season to the prophet Isaiah.

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

From Prayer to Love

These verses from St. Luke go right to the very heart of Jesus’s teachings about non-violence. When someone bullies or hurts you, there is a quick urge to do something to get back—something to hurt the other person. Jesus invites us to stop, wait, feel the pain both in the heart and in the body. Take a deep breath. Look up at the sky. Picture Jesus on the cross who did not strike back when he was tortured and put to death. This act of Jesus has sent out a wave of grace into the universe, into our own hearts. By this grace, we do not have to fight back, but are given an even greater power than violence—it’s the power to love. Pray for the one who makes him or her to see you as an enemy. By grace we can have compassion for those who hurt us. Pray for him or her…it will help you to love.

Luke 6:27-38

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Praying instead of fighting
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

This is the Eighth Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north.  Year C
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

Your Face Glowing

The number forty is a number that means completion and fullness. So it is that for forty days and nights Moses is on the mountain with God; forty years the people wander in the desert; forty days and night Jesus is in the desert hungry and being tempted by the devil.

What a great man Moses was! God trusted him enough to show him His face in a personal and very direct manner. So much was Moses in touch with God that Moses’ face glowed after his conversations with God!

You know, the same can happen to you when you are in touch with God. There will be a smile, a peace, and even a glow on your face that will quietly make others think not just of you, but of God… Won’t that be wonderful?

Exodus 34:28-35

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
My face shines with Your presence. v. 29
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.

Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…

Jesus with You All through the Day

Once again there are parts to this half-chapter in St. Luke that can be looked at and prayed over in the quarter parts of the day. The three-hour divisions that we see on the face of a clock are very old. There used to be changes in the security guards every three hours; this came to be seen as natural changes in the feelings of a day as the sun moves across the earth from east to west, from morning to afternoon.

In order to learn how to read the Bible in parts of the day, you’ll need to have your Bible nearby. That way you can pick up the Bible where it’s book marked and read the smaller number of verses that go into a story in Jesus life. Here are the parts for today.

   Early Morning: 1) Holy Women Follow Jesus
Mid-Morning: 2) A Farmer Scattering Seed
Early Afternoon: 3) A Lamp Is Like the Soul
Mid-Afternoon: 4) Who Really is in Jesus’ Family?
Evening: 5) Jesus Calms a Storm.

Here’s a question for you about number 2: If your soul were made out of soil, what kind would it be? Is it hard for good habits to really take root in you…like reading the Bible everyday?

Luke 8:1-25

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
Seed of God within my soul v. 15
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Seventh Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north.  Year C
On Fridays we read the Gospel of Luke

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…