The Holy Spirit Alive in Us

When we read the Acts of the Apostles, there are so many events that take place that are very much like what happened to Jesus when he walked the same streets.  The apostles continue the joy, healing and love that Jesus expressed. The resurrection of Jesus continues to be found in the apostles and early Christians.  Jesus lives on in them.  

And so it it for you and me.  The Holy Spirit lives inside of us, longing to continue comforting and healing others through us.  Isn’t that just wonderful?

Acts 3—4

Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
This year in Easter Season we read Acts 1—9

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Apple in God’s Eye

Remember times when you used to build sand castles on the beach?  The first thing you probably did was to move your arm back and forth to create a smooth place in the middle of all the footprints that have the sand be uneven.

It’s Wednesday–the middle of the week.  People are at work, moving all around, as though making many footprints in the surface of the week.   Stop, clear a space for yourself to pray this lovely psalm, smoothing out a space in your heart, not only for you, but for so many people who are huffing and puffing about, caught in the middle of the week of work.  

Here’s a beautiful phrase in verse 8: “Keep me as the apple of your eye.”  When you look into someone else’s eye, you will be able to see a tiny image of yourself in a little space called the apple, the pupil.   You are in the very center of God’s eye!

Psalm 17

On Wednesdays from this point on, we continue to read
the Psalms in numerical order, beginning with Psalm 14.

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The Holy Spirit Writing

Imagine you are walking along the shore looking for special rocks and shells.  That’s all you are thinking about.  Then all of a sudden, you find a beautiful colored shell; you pick it up, look at it carefully, drop it in your bag so that you can return home and put it in a special place.

Reading from the Book of Proverbs is like that.  Some of them will make you stop reading and think further about a particular one…a special moment when God is talking with you.

Now, do something extra.  Take a favorite proverbs and write it out.  Then wait and imagine the Holy Spirit writing further phrases and ideas.  These are moments when God is speaking to you in a personal way.  The same Holy Spirit who gave the psalms to the sacred writer, will be writing from within you!

Tuesdays are dedicated to the Old Testament books of history
and the Hebrew “Writings.”
This year in the Easter Season we read
Proverbs 10—12 and the Song of Songs.

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Proverbs 12

The Dry Pond

The people in Ezekiel’s time were very bad.  They had forgotten completely about God and how to live the way God intended.   Actually, when we think about today’s world, it seems very similar in many ways.  Don’t we get the feeling at times that people just don’t even think about God?

Here’s a way to understand verse 13, a very important verse in the reading.  Those who only think of themselves and not of others will dry up like a muddy pond, because there is no stream flowing into it to keep it fresh.  

Pray for leaders, for your family, and of course yourself, that the living water of God’s Holy Spirit will be gushing into our hearts.

Ezekiel 7:10-13

Mondays are dedicated to the reading of the Hebrew Prophets.
This year in the Easter Season we read selections from Ezekiel 1—16.

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From Sadness to Joy

Can you remember the last time that you felt sad?  Like dropping a pebble into a lake, drop into the sadness.  What happened?  When was it? Where were you? Whom you were with?   Now picture Jesus with you as you feel.  You may not have thought about him when the sad event took place, but he was with you then and is with you now so that you can find comfort his love for you.  Imagine Jesus embracing you.

The story in the Gospel today is about two disciples of Jesus on their way back home after the crucifixion  Imagine them walking with Jesus and how they slowly became aware of his presence.   They understanding the Bible more and more. You’ll read about the moment when they recognized how Jesus is.

Walk with these disciples from the start of their journey home to the great moment of joy.  You’ll be so happy with them!


Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Lectionary,
During most of Lent and Easter we read the Gospel of John.

  Luke 24:13-35

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The Clean and the Unclean

You will be familiar with this direction of God from St. Luke’s account of the presentation of Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:22 ff). Jesus submits to  he regulations of the Law in order to go beyond it. Jesus IS the Law and the Temple itself. 

The priest is the one who diagnoses leprosy.  This comes from the anointing for discernment outlined in the reading of last Saturday, Lev 10:9-11.

Pray to the Lord that you be given the gift of telling the difference between what is clean and what is unclean in all aspects of your life–your activities, and especially being able to discern the spiritual spaces of those with whom you associate . . . at the same time, never judging.

The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.

Levticus 12:6-8

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Glory and Weight

One of the very important words for St. John in his Gospel is “glory.”   This word in Hebrew, kabod, literally means “weight.”  So what does it mean that God’s glory is like a weight?

Ever have fun playing with an inflatable punching bag that has a weight at the bottom?   When you hit it, it just keeps popping back up.   God’s glory is like a great weight at the base of life.  Even though there are all sorts of evil punching away at God and God’s creation, like a great weight at the base of life, God’s love just pops back up again and again.

At the bottom of your soul, God is present as a weight.  Check this out when you simply sit quietly, straight up and down, relaxed and balanced.  Feel your weight sinking into the chair or floor.  Imagine this weight is God’s presence to you with all the love and glory of God.  

 John 3:22-36

Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
This year in the seasons of Lent and Easter we read selections from the Gospel of John. 

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