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Living in Peace

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I love these words from Teresa of Avila, a devoted follower of Jesus in the 16th century. Teresa was said to have had this reminder as a bookmark in her prayer book which she carried with her.  I imagine these words served as an encouragement to her, especially through her most difficult days. These words echo the words of Jesus in the 14th chapter of John’s gospel.  Twice He tells His disciples, “Do not let your […]

Got Hope?

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 This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope….. Lamentations 3:21` I admit that I do not remember many details from the myriad of lectures I listened to throughout my seminary years. Mostly I remember the general principles conveyed. But one detail I remember is this: When someone comes to you for pastoral counseling, ALWAYS help them leave with hope. God is a God of hope. There is ALWAYS hope in Him no matter what […]

About Faith

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  … and without faith it is impossible to please God.  Hebrews 11:6 I watched in church today as a blind lady made her way to the altar for communion. Though she could not see where she was going she walked confidently, her yellow Labrador leading the way. I thought about her trust, that is, her faith in her canine companion to lead her safely to where she needed to be. Such a simple picture of a […]

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I have lost count of how many times I have heard the lectures from the Formational Prayer Seminars in Ashland, OH. It is one of the many benefits of serving as a caregiver. Truthfully, the lectures are so rich that I can listen to them repeatedly for the rest of my life and still learn something new every time. This last time at the seminar was no exception.  On the subject of the character of […]

Responding to His Love

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“Jesus’ call to each one of us is a call to be aware of His presence, to turn toward Him and to surrender to His love. This is the call He offers me each and every day of my life. My response is never once for all. As Anthony of the Desert said, ‘Every morning I must say again to myself, today I start.'”   (Surrender to Love by David Benner, p.75) It sounds so simple. God […]