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Shekinah, Dimensionality, and Unity

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Those who were and are rejected by the church want to know God, want to be in God’s presence, want to be the place (vessel) where God’s Name resides – as the temple that Solomon built to house God’s name, this same Solomon from whom the Queen of the East came to hear wisdom. Someone greater than Solomon is here who already made the places for God’s name to reside—Shekinah.

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by our love, one church

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Christ came so that all would be made right: between me and God, between me and you, and between us and all creation. That we would live in unified communion – as the first people lived before their eyes were opened to surface truths, blinded to the inner realities of image-bearers and their God. That we would covenant with one another – choose each other, and choose each other again, and again, and again . . . .

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To Know is to Jeong

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Today is Clark’s Homecoming Day.  On January 17, 2006, we brought 6-month-old baby Clarkah from the other side of the world to inhabit our lives and change us forever. We are his and he is ours – with every ounce of our being. Today, I learned about the Korean concept of Jeong. In the words…

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Grief and Sharing Loss

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“Grief, when it comes, is nothing like we expect it to be,” Joan Didion reflects in startling honesty. In Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, the author processes the grief of losing his 18-year-old son in gradients of deep veracity. He reflects that sometimes sadness is “a cloud that comes along and covers me up.” It is…

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Lysander, 18.

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Lysander turns 18 today. He is a unique individual. Sure, we all consider each of our children remarkable – it is the privilege of parenthood. Still, from the earliest years, we’ve observed this person grow and develop an exceptional character, unconcerned about how others perceive him. Indeed, when anyone assigns “weird” to anyone or anything,…

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Clark, 13

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Clark Howard JeeSung Snyder turns 13 today. My baby, the youngest of four, is now “officially” a teenager. Just in the past couple of months his gaze all too quickly approaching the level of mine slipped right by and can now, ever so slightly, cast down on me. I stand tall in this newly appointed…

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Genius Sight

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It is easy to showcase an idea or product for which you have a talent. Not so easy is the vulnerable act of exhibiting work that others may not yet understand. It is scary. It is often lonely. Still, each images God uniquely. And, the world doesn’t need another performer. The community doesn’t need one…

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Creativity Transcends Gender – It Is Divine

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The only quality that can be ascribed to creativity is that it is inspired. Creativity transcends gender. Inspire – divine insight; to breathe life into the creative activity that is ignited within. Our creations orchestrate an exhibition of God’s being. Jesus, through whom all things were made (Jn1:3) is our true Mother, as Julian of…

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Inner Tranquility

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“Peace that demands unreal conditions is a deception. There is no life without work, anxieties, or tensions. Peace is not found in avoiding these but in understanding them and confidently controlling their force.” [Sister Wendy Beckett] From this inner tranquility peace enters relationship through practical involvement in the distress of another. It understands – knows…

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Be Present to Joy

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Date night with my partner-in-life to see Cabaret at the Paramount Theater, Aurora, IL. On being present to Joy, Sister Wendy Beckett says: “It is inadequate, even misleading, to speak of ‘experiencing joy’, though it is impossible to find another phrase that can suggest what is meant. Joy is too great to be experienced. It is…

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