Walking backward…

Walking backward. Hmmm… Brings Michael Jackson to mind with the Moonwalk (HERE.) And Abraham Lincoln as a young man walking back about half a mile (though probably not backwards) to help a pig.

This story from Our Daily Bread highlights another famous person with a different type of walking backward. The full article is well worth the read. This quote from the article

“A life that runs counter to the norm is inevitable for those who would truly imitate Jesus.”

is a good reminder for those of us who sometimes feel compelled to act just like everyone else when deep-down it just doesn’t feel right.

Sometimes it is just plain necessary to do some walking backwards…

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!

The “Jesus Christ lizard” appears to walk on water (but, alas, not backwards…)


Lectionary Texts for Sunday, October 27, 2019:

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Will You Come And Follow Me…

Commitment. We read about it on Faith Friday and the song “Will You Come and Follow Me” does a nice job of expressing in Celtic style what is involved. A version of the song is HERE.

The Summons is another naming of this song and to learn more about the song’s roots, click HERE. Heeding these words from the song allows some of the justice and radical centeredness in God to come through in our lives.

POSSIBLE ACTION: experience the song using the YouTube link above. While doing so, notice the various ways the song moves you in lyrics, melody, voices, daffodils, ‘strolling the lane’ and more. Allow yourself a few moments afterwards to let it soak in fully.

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, October 20, 2019:

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Commitment on this “Faith Friday”…

We continue “Faith Fridays” using commentary from Marcus Borg’s book Heart of Christianity. We continue “relational beliefs” this week with fidelitas.

“Faith as fidelity means loyalty, allegiance, the commitment of the self at its deepest level, the commitment of the ‘heart.’ ”

~ Marcus Borg in Heart of Christianity, p. 32

This commitment and allegiance seems mighty hard at times. A few years back a small group of us started work on centering prayer. The idea of spending 30 minutes in prayer on a daily basis is a mighty big commitment. Still seems that way, though it’s nice to have goals…  🙂

Attentiveness. That’s where Borg takes us on this faithfulness journey. Now THAT most of us can handle! 🙂 He says

“We are attentive through the simple means of worship, prayer, practice and a life of compassion and justice. To be faithful to God means not only to love God, but to love that which God loves – namely, the neighbor, and indeed the whole of creation.” ~ Marcus Borg in Heart of Christianity, p. 33-34

ACTIVITY: What are ways you can show fidelity faith on this day? Time to do it !!?!!


Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!


NOTE: these quotes and comments are ‘just a shaving of taste from the major fruit’ that Borg shares in the book. If you’d like more on this, please consider buying the book… 🙂

This focus on the book The Heart of Christianity is inspired by our friend, Dean, one of the “hole-in-the-wall gang” (leftmost in picture)

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, October 20, 2019:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Did the title surprise you? Up here in Canada, for most folks today provides a day off of work and to celebrate family.

Lectionary for this day is filled with praise.

“Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth.” ~ Psalm 100:1

Don’t you love the Psalm 100 and Philippeans 4 readings, among the others? Good perspective.

The fact is…every day can be a Happy Thanksgiving day, right? Anne Lamott’s book Help, Thanks, Wow is a nice reminder of our opportunity for gratitude many moments each day.

Have a great day, filled with the Spirit

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Buoyancy on this “Faith Friday”…

We continue with “Faith Fridays” using commentary from Marcus Borg’s book Heart of Christianity. We move to relational beliefs with the first being fiducia. Borg shares this best English translation: fiducia is faith as “trust,” as radical trust in God.

He goes on to this commentary, attributing the metaphor to Kierkegaard

“Faith as trust is trusting in the buoyancy of God. Faith is trusting in the sea of being in which we live and move and have our being.”

~ Marcus Borg in Heart of Christianity, p. 31

When learning to swim – or getting into the water after not swimming for a while – there can be that momentary uncertainty: will I still float? That same feeling can come over us in the tough times in life too. Fiducia faith provides us the calm and peace that passeth all understanding.

So, when the next feeling or worry hits, maybe it’s time to “chin up, inhale deeply” and float into the buoyancy of God? 


Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!


 

NOTE: these quotes and comments are ‘just a shaving of taste from the major fruit’ that Borg shares in the book. If you’d like more on this, please consider buying the book… 🙂

This focus on the book The Heart of Christianity is inspired by our friend, Dean, one of the “hole-in-the-wall gang” (leftmost in picture)

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, October 13, 2019:

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Just Be There…

What will we say? This can be one of  the biggest challenges when visiting someone experiencing loss. In this posting, Pastor Roger Greene discusses the topic and provides a comforting commentary…Just Be There.

Roger ends with this line “Remember that God is with you in your struggles, and I pray that God will take you to someone who needs to know the same.”

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit (and a willingness to Just Be There!)

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“Faith Fridays” for October…

October Fridays in the Christian Playbook will focus on four meanings of Faith using commentary from Marcus Borg’s book Heart of Christianity.

“Faith is at the heart of Christianity. Its centrality goes back to the New Testament. All but two of its twenty-seven books use the noun ‘faith’ or the verb ‘believe.’ ”

~ Marcus Borg in Heart of Christianity, p. 27

Borg mentions that of the four meanings of faith, only one is a “matter of the head” and that one – Faith as Assensus – is more recent. He says assensus is “faith as belief – that is, as giving one’s mental assent to a proposition, as believing that a claim or statement is true.”

He cites two developments that account for assensus’ dominance in modern Western Christianity today: 1) the Protestant Reformation, with each branch distinguishing itself by what they ‘believed’ and 2) “the birth of modern science and scientific ways of knowing in the Enlightenment of the seventeenth century.”

For many of us, faith as assensus is foundational. Yet, could this very aspect of faith may be one of the biggest obstacles to faith for younger generations? Here are a few comments Borg makes in the book:

  • “…faith is what you need when beliefs and knowledge conflict.” (p. 29)
  • “It’s remarkable to think that God cares so much about ‘beliefs.’ ” (p. 30)
  • “Believing a set of claims to be true has very little transforming power.” (p. 31)

POSSIBLE ACTION/CONVERSATION: think about this form of faith. How much of your faith in God is assensus? Consider discussing this with someone if an opportunity arises in the days ahead…

NOTE: these quotes and comments are ‘just a shaving of taste from the major fruit’ that Borg shares in the book. If you’d like more on this, please consider buying the book… 🙂

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!

This focus on the book “The Heart of Christianity” is inspired by our friend, Dean, one of the hole-in-the-wall gang (leftmost in picture)

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, October 6, 2019:

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Jesus Loves Me…

Jesus Loves Me is a classic songs many of us have heard in our Christian upbringing. Have you ever done “signing along” with this song?

If not – or even if you have – maybe you’ll want to check out this website with signing associated with the song. The video should start automatically in a small window on the website. Our instructor needs to slow down the song a little for my signing abilities thus far, but maybe I’ll get better as I do it more?

P.S. As a side note, the Joyful Noise Boys from MWPC did some of this as part of our singing at Mt. Washington Care Center on 9/26. The lunch crowd enjoyed seeing the efforts and a few of them joined in!

 

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, September 29, 2019:

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Talking about grief…

This article in Vanity Fair and the video interview embedded in it are noteworthy. Stephen Colbert and Anderson Cooper share perspective on grief after death of family members. One of the comments (paraphrased here) – a fatherless child thinks all things are possible for better or for worse – is important perspective.

Loss at any age is tough. How we deal with it – and walk along with others dealing with grief – is critical. Stephen talks about his mom’s approach, including her praying to Our Lady, who also knew about losing a child.

POSSIBLE ACTION(S)

  • Are you in active grief right now? If so, is there a special someone you can speak with, as Anderson and Stephen did? Is there a prayer that provides some comfort?
  • Who around you is grieving? Is there an action you can take today to help?

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!


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As you travel…

A friend was good enough to send along a portion of John O’Donohue’s “For the Traveler” prior to a recent trip we took. It was a wonderful read, particularly these lines:

“Make sure, before you go,
To take the time
To bless your going forth,
To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you toward
The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life,
And the urgencies
That deserve to claim you.”

Putting these verses into the context of Saturday’s CP posting, we all have the opportunity to travel using daily silence – – freeing ballast and soaring to new discoveries. Doing so can frequently allow us the opportunity to assess “What would Jesus have me do?” or other important questions in our lives.

Enjoy the journey, filled with the Spirit!


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