Monday, September 29, 2008

objective moment

while seeking a colleague's insight
concerning a recent event
my heart smiled at his response
"I'm trying to be objective
but really I'm an ear cutter off
when someone hurts my friends"

Sunday, September 28, 2008

wheat moment

if we truly understood the growth of a grain of wheat
we would die of wonder
Martin Luther

Monday, September 22, 2008

war moment

God of the heavens
and the earth
we need your peace
send your gentle, fierce Spirit
to the war-torn lands
of our broken relationships
come, God of peace
we need you today

Sunday, September 21, 2008

tears moment

the garden
never wet from above
in a moment
a bite
a single bite
caused a soaking of its soil
by tears falling from human eyes
tears that started falling
long before rain ..........

Thursday, September 18, 2008

rhythm moment

I need to recover a rhythm in my heart
that moves my body first
and my mind second
that allows my soul to catch up with me
I need to take a sacred pause
as if I were a sun-warmed rock
in the center of a rushing river
Dawna Markova

garden moment

awakening to the inner garden
learning to accept it and live within it
we uncover the mysterious seed of divine life within us
lovingly energizing our lives moment to moment
(1 John 3:9)

the Spirit of Christ alive in our hearts
this is the gift of contemplation
the intimacy we crave

remaining in the garden
aware that we live
and breathe
and exist
in God
we find strength
to resist the temptation to project our thoughts into the future
and become overwhelmed with fears

we find our home in the present moment
a gate into the eternal Now

it is here
in the dynamism of the present
that God finds us

Wayne E. Simsic

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

illusion moment

the great illusion of leadership
is to think that man can be led out of the desert
by someone who has never been there
Henri Nouwen

Sunday, September 14, 2008

vulnerable moment

Voluntarily placing oneself in a position of vulnerability
just stepping away from security
Northumbria Community

Saturday, September 13, 2008

question moment

in her kindness and patience
nature never puts of the fatal question
as to the meaning of their lives
into the mouths of most people
where no one asks
no one need answer

Carl Jung

Friday, September 12, 2008

burning moment

earth's crammed with heaven
and every common bush afire with God
but only he who sees, takes off his shoes
the rest sit around and pluck blackberries"
Eliz. Barrett Browning
the burning bush was a most ordinary object
that became extra ordinary
because it was on fire with divine activity
how often do we see
the bush burning in the middle of our own life
and have enough sense to turn aside
take off our shoes
and pay attention
if we took the time to turn aside
and look
we might discover we are standing on holy ground
more often than we think

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

giving moment

giving from the fullness of our pocket
giving from the fullness of our heart
which is the most acceptable
most pleasing

Monday, September 08, 2008

worship moment

I had a long tender note from a worship pastor friend

he posed a question

has our worship become the work of Martha

and I cannot answer lightly

or easily

or quickly

or without pain .................

wilderness moment

"those who lower themselves
to the earthy mud of their origins
can touch heaven"
M. Kilpatrick
there is a wilderness of worship
that we need not be afraid of
and perhaps
that we need even to seek

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sunday moment

consider the quarry from which you were mined
the rock from which you were cut

Friday, September 05, 2008

meeting moment

my soul smiles
my heart dances
my fears flee
my mind wrestles
my tongue shouts praise
my loneliness finds company
my spirit meets God