A Love Supreme…

Joan S. was kind enough to highlight this devotional HERE, specifically the description of this Practice: Lectio Divina with A Love Supreme by John Coltrane – – a novel and sensorial way to do Lectio Divina.

Listening to Coltrane’s music HERE and reading the words in their longhand form with the highlights is fabulous. Take your time in allowing the words and music to flow over you. The love is experiential.

The concluding wording is a wonderful prayer:

Elation. Elegance. Exaltation. All from God. Thank You God! Amen

May you enjoy this day, filled with the Spirit!


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A Prayer for Leaders…

This “A Prayer for a Leader” devotional (HERE) from 2017 spurs nice reminders from Psalm 72 regarding justice, compassion and peace. May those characteristics emanate from all our leaders in the coming years, especially in light of the behaviors of yesterday!

At the end of the devotional is this prayer:

God of all nations, as the Psalm affirms, give our leaders—and us—your justice, your compassion for the poor, and your passion for peace. Amen.

Perhaps this is a prayer to be said today and in the days ahead?

May we all – fueled by the Spirit – seek justice, show compassion and pursue peace!

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In Mourning There is Strength…

My brother Andy shared the Christmas 2020 commentary HERE by Bishop William J Barber, II. For those unfamiliar with Barber, he is one who has picked up the mantle of Martin Luther King, Jr., highlighted by his efforts with the Poor People’s Campaign. Dr. Barber is a powerful voice physically, figuratively and spiritually.

Andy specifically mentions

  • the impact of the re-casting of the Christmas story (along with subsequent commentary) in today’s terms and says “Rev. Barber is simply calling us to let Christ rise within us and around us every day, and to walk hand-in-hand with Christ, ‘so that we will be free from prejudice and arrogance, from fear and hate and carry on his revolution and make way for his kingdom.’ ” **
  • Barber says it best when he says “Let’s work together for a better world in 2021 – and a Christmas when we can truly sing of peace on Earth and good will to all people.”

Whether now or in the days ahead, please find time to read Rev. Dr. Barber’s entire article HERE.  Opportunities to read such works and consider our places in helping make this world a better place can be inspirational as we begin 2021.

PRAYER: Dear Creator, let our tears of sorrow fuel our commitment for justice, love and mercy. In this year ahead, may we seek new ways to act in wonderful Spirit-led ways, moving those in our sphere of influence to actions leading to peace and good will for all people…. Amen

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!

** Dorothee Soelle, Revolutionary Patience (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1977), p. 23.


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Kwanzaa completion…

The Matthew Fox daily meditation yesterday was on “The ‘New Normal and Kwanzaa” HERE. A wonderful aspect is that Kwanzaa began “as a response to the commercialism of Christmas” for African Americans.

Many of us are unfamiliar with the Kwanzaa (“first fruits” in Swahili) season ending on January 1. Like so many wonderful traditions, it allows celebrants to focus on heritage and relate experiences. Kwanzaa is not grounded in a specific faith community.

“While the first principle of Umoja brings us closer and harnesses our strength, the last principle, Imani, inspires us and sustains our togetherness. Let us have faith in ourselves, in our creator, in our mothers and fathers, in our grandmothers and grandfathers, in our elders, and in our future–knowing that we are more than keepers of our brothers and sisters, we are our brothers and sisters.” 

~ The Black Candle, a 2008 documentary on Kwanzaa, narrated by the late Dr. Maya Angelou

May we all have faith in ourselves, the creator and those key others past, present and future….

POSSIBLE ACTIONS:

  1. Learn more about Kwanzaa – the candles, the principles, the foods, etc.. Christian Playbook has some helpful links HERE
  2. Listen to Hope is Born Again (sorry the link from yesterday didn’t work!)
  3. Think about those gone before us who have helped establish a wonderful legacy of faith

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Hope: Light Despite the Darkness…

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.                 ~ Desmond Tutu

Sometimes the darkness of a situation – whether apartheid in Tutu’s experience, pandemic times challenges or ??? – helps remind us that light still exists (and this quote, above, is a nice reminder about the song Hope is Born Again.)

There are so many wonderful ways to share our hope tangibly with others. Nicholas Kristof wrote the article HERE – Choose a Gift That Changes Lives; it’s worth a read. Let’s share our hope for a brighter/lighter future on this planet for all of us!

POSSIBLY ACTIONS:

  1. Consider a donation to one of the groups in Kristof’s article if you’re looking for 2020 / 2021 giving suggestions (it’s not too late for 2020 – most charities take online donations!)
  2. Listen to Hope is Born Again as a musical reminder of light in darkness
  3. Share this post with a friend(s) if you think they would appreciate reading CP posts in 2021

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Idolizing, emulating or ???

In his blog of December 27 HERE, Matthew Fox highlights one of the 12 Days of Christmas by sharing commentary of present day mystic Dorothee Soelle. She quotes Soren Kierkegaard plus presents very compelling commentary including:

Have you ever felt “safer” idolizing someone, seeing their greatness as beyond you?  Can you replace that notion with the Christ of mysticism and being “in Christ”?

As we continue Christmastide, may we feel and heed the urges of being “in Christ” with enthusiasm, love and joy….

POSSIBLE ACTIVITY: are there people in your weekly interactions who are showing evidence of being “in Christ?” If so, find time to ask them about a cause they are supporting. If not, maybe you will find time to expand your sphere, looking for such folks in your area?

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Nativity images from all around…

Creches (nativity scenes) from all over the world are displayed on the internet – available as links HERE – thanks to the University of Dayton. Along with the visuals is some commentary on each. This one HERE from Togo, West Africa is a special reminder of the opportunity that all creatures can celebrate, and do it with presence, presents and music!

Additionally, Guideposts has an 8 slide presentation about nativity scenes (LINK HERE.) It’s worth the few minutes to experience this – some really beautiful artwork and wonderful historical/background explanations! On the first slide they mention:

“Tradition has it that Saint Francis of Assisi created the first crèche in 1223 when he mounted a living nativity scene…”

For those who display nativity scenes, the visual is a nice reminder of welcoming love into our world. May we do that again today and in the days that follow…

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!

P.S. the CP Christmas playlist on Youtube continues to get new material and is HERE should you want to listen to more…


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Birthday Of A King…

A cherished family friend had the regular honor of singing Birthday Of A King during worship over the Christmas season. At that time it was a new song to me – I’ve still never heard it done in church. It’s a nice tune with a great message so certainly worthy of sharing HERE.

Merry Christmas!!! May the peace and joy of this season be with you this day and throughout the year ahead…

[The CP Christmas playlist is HERE should you want to listen to more Christmas music]


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A very different Christmas Eve…

The Covid-19 pandemic is making this Christmas Eve very different for most of us. Yet, some traditions will continue.

As you can see HERE, reading the poem What I’d Really Like to Give You is a Star by Ann Weems is a family tradition in at least one household. It’s a quick read – maybe seeing these lines will entice you to read it all?

“But I can wish you life
            as radiant as the Star
            that announces the Christ Child’s coming,
            and as filled with awe as the shepherds who stood beneath its light.”

The poem shares beautiful messages. Perhaps reading it or doing other sacred activities will be new traditions for you and those you love?

Enjoy this day, filled with the Spirit (and the star, almost burning a hole in the pocket of your jeans it’s shining so brightly!)

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Exciting Astronomical Event…

This article (HERE) shares exciting upcoming event commentary by Dean Regas, Astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory. Dean shares that to the naked eye Jupiter and Saturn will nearly be joining together – – “Jupiter with a bump (Saturn) on it” is how Dean described in a recent talk. Fact is, they’ll still be about 450,000,000 miles apart!

This got me thinking about “the conjunction” we have with God. There are times that individuals appear to be almost one with God; Sister Teresa comes to mind. Yet, we know from a previous CP post that Sister Teresa had feelings that God was quite a ways away.

To stick with astronomy metaphors, as we continue through Advent, are we in tight daily orbit with God, do we feel the height of annual winter or ???  May our days be filled with efforts to “close the orbital gap” with our Creator!

POTENTIAL ACTION: Make time to venture outside tonight, even if the skies are cloudy and/or there’s a lot of ambient light. Look up to the skies with glory to God in the highest!!!

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!

P.S. Want to join friends (old and new) on Zoom for casual discussions about Christmas topics? At 12:30 PM (EST) there will be Light-Hearted Learning (& Sharing) opportunities to discuss Christmas Around the World (on 12/21) and Christmas Stories and More (on 12/25). Details HERE


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