We Have No Words…


Thanks to Beth Richardson for her posting HERE of We Have No Words – it’s well worth the read. In the midst of so many shootings, war, violence…

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

May we all feel the power of “O Love that Wilt not let me go”

May you find joy, filled with the Spirit, even while gripping lament is also resident…




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Children of God…


A focus on Spirit is coming – Pentecost and Trinity Sunday are “just around the corner!”

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ–if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.” ~ Romans 8:12-17

Super Wednesday*** used the phrase “We are all children of God” reference very effectively to share the idea of treating each other with respect and caring. The scripture above brings a smile to faces when reading/hearing those words and remembering the experiences of grace, love and joy in those days with dozens of children of God.

“O Love that Wilt not let me go” by The Westminster Chorus HERE is a wonderful reminder of the above messages. One can feel the Spirit moving through these men as the song resonates. After watching the video once, consider closing your eyes while listening a second time. Beautiful!

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit, as you continue the refinement process, treating others as children of God…


*** Super Wednesday was a mid-week children’s program at Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church (Cincinnati, OH) for many years



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Showing Up…


For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~ Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

The previous CP posting about Healing the Corner Where We Live gets nice reinforcement in the form of “Showing Up” from this Richard Rohr posting (HERE). Rohr says:

“I have built upon the very helpful and clarifying language of Ken Wilber in describing the evolution of moral and spiritual development. He offers four major stages: Cleaning Up, Growing Up, Waking Up, and Showing Up. …  Showing up is the full and final result of the prior three stages—God’s fully transformed “work of art” “

Using such thinking, as we Heal the Corner Where We Live, we continually become more refined “works of art.”

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit, as you continue the refinement process…




Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 22, 2022:



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Healing the Corner Where You Live…


Inspiration comes from all around and Guideposts is particularly good at sharing such stories.

“After a series of losses, Sather Gowdy withdrew from the world, but the law student, and founder of Heal Spokane, got back on a positive path by helping others.”

The Guideposts article HERE shares the story – you’ll likely be glad you spent the couple of minutes it takes to read. That article concludes…

Says Sather, “Start small. You’ll be amazed at the size of your impact.”

POTENTIAL ACTIONS: maybe this webpage – “7 Simple Acts of Kindness” (HERE) – will be just the list you need to allow the Spirit to stir effectively?

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit

P.S. isn’t it powerful when songs, scripture of other experience capture you “just at the moment you needed?” So it was with Do Not Be Afraid, Saturday’s CP post. Can’t say that was a complete accident, but what a lift that song can provide! One CP reader says: “Truly beautiful and inspiring” In case you want another listen, it’s HERE. Do Not Be Afraid! 🙂




Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 22, 2022:



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Do Not Be Afraid…


The song HERE is inspiring. Do Not Be Afraid.

The lyrical images of God being with us are powerful. You Are Mine. I Love You.

Listen and allow the music to soothe you on this day. Do Not Be Afraid…

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit




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A Psalm for Insomnia…


Is insomnia an issue for you or someone you know? Maybe the idea in this Daily Guideposts article is worth a try?

Many have found that approaches like reciting Bible verses and praying are effective sleep-inducers. As a good friend and parent, would God mind that we’re nodding off while in conversation? [sort of like nighttime conversations with friends/family while in bed – one is talking and then suddenly there is no sound as sleep overtakes the group… ]

POSSIBLE ACTION: Do you have friends and/or family members dealing with challenges sleeping? Share prayers of strength and support for those people. Then, if appropriate, forward this email – or compose your own email – to them along with the Daily Guideposts article.

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit




Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 15, 2022:



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Happy FeRoMo Day!


Happy FeRoMo** Day to all the wonderful female role models worldwide!

Many of you have read about FeRoMo** from previous years of the Christian Playbook. Should you have interest in an updated version, there’s more about FeRoMo** HERE. Included in that commentary is this question and POTENTIAL ACTION opportunity:

Which women come to your mind when thinking of folks who have helped shape your life? Is today ripe with opportunities to brighten their days by

    • arranging a visit?
    • sending a text message, email or card?
    • placing a phone call or videochat?
    • forwarding of this message with your personalized comments?
    • forwarding of the Helen Steiner Rice poem HERE which captures nice thoughts about women who care for us in special ways?
    • other special actions?

May we find ways to make these days refreshing and special for all women who are positive role models in our world…

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit


** FeRoMo (Female Role Model)



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A Hand Up…


A Hand Up (click HERE to read/listen) is definitely worth the 2-3 minutes of reading or listening. Sometimes even with our best intentions we and/or others can’t make it a Best Day as Ralph Waldo Emerson encouraged.

With that in mind, here are some potential ACTIVITIES OF THE DAY (based on the ODB article quotes italicized below:)

  • If you find yourself “flattened on the cold ice of life’s hardships, is there a helping hand nearby? If so, it might be from God.” Maybe ask for God’s help with that hardship in prayer right now?
  • “Or when someone else needs a friend, could we be God’s answer to lift them up?” Who in your circle needs a friendly deed or word? What can you do today to help?

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit



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Every Day is the Best Day of the Year…


… begin it (the day) well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense…

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The full prose HERE, including the lines above, provides good perspective about focusing on this day without burden of the previous one. Remind you of some Matthew biblical commentary about birds of the air?

Particularly smile-worthy is the “your old nonsense” line. LP Jones’ Lenten Prayer comes to mind with the “laugh at yourself” thoughts…

ACTIVITIES OF THE DAY?

  • Find a quiet place and spend some time today with Emerson’s prose, perhaps savoring each line at a time
  • Share some laughter moments alone or with a friend. If you want some starter smiles, selected Christian humor is HERE

May today be a best day, filled with the Spirit



Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 8, 2022:



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Peace Prayer – Ukraine sighs…


Given all that is going on in Ukraine, the prayer HERE revolving around sighing seems an appropriate follow-up to our Prayer of St. Francis posting (Toni – thanks for pointing this out!)

NOTE: If you haven’t enjoyed it yet, or want to again now, that version of The Peace Prayer with accompanying gestures is in this YouTube video

May it be a great day, filled with peace and the Spirit’s movement through you…



Lectionary Texts for Sunday, May 1, 2022:



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