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Monday Meditation

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God of endless grace,
thank you.
Thank you
for one more chance
to get things right.

One more chance
to tell you “I love you”
and hear you whisper,
“I love you, too.”

One more chance
to seek forgiveness
from people I’ve wronged,
and from myself
because sometimes,
the worst bully I’ve ever encountered
is me.

Thank you for one more chance
to defeat the bullies in my mind,
and in our world,
merely by recognizing
and becoming
the love we need.

I call you Holy
and thank you
for one more chance
to fully surrender my life
to you.

Thank you for one more chance,
one more day,
one more week,
one more month,
one more year,
one more life,
one more resurrection.

Thank you for making me new,
over and over
and over again.

Thank you for the gift of patience
as I learn to follow
in the footsteps of our teacher,
Jesus, the anointed one,
who shows us your intimate, everlasting love.


In the name of love
and the manner of Jesus
I will practice giving
and receiving
grace,
mercy
compassion,
forgiveness
and hope.

And with every day
of this new life,
I will than…

Seeking Golden Threads

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This article first appeared in Intersect on April 4, 2016. I’ve revisited and updated some thoughts for today's article.

I’ve always found it useful to look for common threads weaving throughout the world’s religions. The intersection of ideas creates wisdom. At the very least, religious commonalities reveal that in our quest to understand our place in the universe, we quite often come to the same conclusions. One such common thread is “The Golden Rule.” Every religion, theistic or not, includes some variation of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Check out the chart below (click for a larger version):

If most religious systems agree that we should be good and fair to each other, why then do we so often attempt to annihilate each other in the name of our religions?

I have two theories about that.

First, many of the wars fought for “religious” reasons were (and are today) political wars. On the ancient world stage, most of the states were theocracies in name or manner…

Monday Meditation

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God of endless wonder and surprise,
fill us with your joy!
Excite our senses
with the sights, sounds, tastes,
and calming touch of your presence.

We need to experience you,
our Lord of resistance.
How else can we overcome
the blathering bullies
trumpeting hate
to an all-too-eager
crowd of lost souls?

Without you, where is hope?

Without you,
how can we the people,
lost souls all,
lead each other to your light?

So we plead to be with you,
onlywith you,
our love, our light,
our song of life.
We give thanks for you,
our Holy, Loving God
and hold you near,
today and forever.

Hold us near, too,
as we traverse
the slippery and obstacle-strewn
path to a higher level of being;
a greater sense of Universal Consciousness
pervading all things.
This higher state of being
reveals enemies as friends
and turns strangers into family.
Help us journey together,
leaving no person behind.

Unite all people
in love and understanding
through the clarity of mind,
body and soul
that comes from realizing
our Oneness with you.

Wake us up!
We need to exp…