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2017 Lenten Season Prayer Guide

2017 Lenten Season Prayer Guide 150 150 Nicole

  My husband, Howie, as youth pastor is asking the adults of all ages to consider committing the Lenten 2017 season to pray specifically for one student involved in the church community. To this end, I developed a prayer guide meant to assist that process by directing the one praying in centering prayer and then focusing…

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Listen! 150 150 Nicole

A friend recently mentioned the inherent difficulty in helping someone change, particularly if there is a presenting personality disorder (in the friend’s case, narcissistic). Not only is it difficult (some behavioral scientists think impossible) to treat or influence the attitude and behavior of one who displays the characteristics of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, it is very difficult…

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Words and Creation

Words and Creation 150 150 Nicole

At present I am reading in the book of Zechariah. It is a bit more hopeful than the wrath prophecies of the preceding Zephaniah and Haggai. What strikes me most is the frequency with which grace and peace occur, as well as, the focus on the concepts of mercy and truth (Zech 8:19). And when the prophet…

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Allhallowtide, Tradition and the World Series

Allhallowtide, Tradition and the World Series 150 150 Nicole

If a rose can bloom on Nov 2nd in Chicago, the Cubs have a shot at the pennant! I love to celebrate Allhallowtide in our country because the ways with which we observe holidays here are informed by countless cultures, morphed over time by individuals and families and communities, while keeping unique features that mark…

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Time and Metaphor for Grief

Time and Metaphor for Grief 150 150 Nicole

Recently, I came across a book by Finnish author, Johanna Sinisalo, The Core of the Sun. The story is a present-day dystopian feminist-ish social critique, and it is not for the prim or easily embarrassed. But, she writes a beautiful, penetrating description of grief, at once metaphor and exact. And, while grief is not the…

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Light and Love

Light and Love 150 150 Nicole

We believe each other into being. ~Jennifer Michael Hecht Last night we lit the Menorah candles for the last night of Chanukah. We are not ethnically Jewish nor do we claim Judaism as our faith heritage. We do, however, deeply appreciate the rich traditions that do stem from our Christian faith tradition. My second oldest,…

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Breathe: Life and Generosity, Suffering and Joy

Breathe: Life and Generosity, Suffering and Joy 150 150 Nicole

One of the contributors to the On Being blog, Omid Safi, recently spoke to suffering and finding joy therein. Safi found that, as a human experience, openness to suffering opens one to another’s suffering. He draws from Rumi: This being human is a guest house Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness,…

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Move Around or Be Moved

Move Around or Be Moved 150 150 Nicole

As we do #summer #vacation may we be present to the beauty of place and person, and be changed by the experience! #bewhoyouare #present #beauty #intentional I subscribe to the podcast, On Being, hosted by Krista Tippett. In a recent episode, Tippett interviews the journalist and novelist, Pico Iyer, about the “inner world.” It is…

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Borderless Love

Borderless Love 150 150 Nicole

Writing about the implications of the event of the crucified Christ is kicking my butt. Everything about who we are as human beings after the fall screams control. We rail against anything that seeks to dominate us. I should say: I bristle under the push and crush of another. It is true, pride is certainly…

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The Wound of Mission

The Wound of Mission 150 150 Nicole

heroin galleryMy Lenten discipline this year to meditate with Julian of Norwich on my crucified Lord has been a profound experience for me. It is deepening my sense of the breadth of God’s love, and with it, God’s persistent—stubborn, insistent—patience. It is reworking my notion of what I am as part of Christ’s body. Frederick Bauerschmidt’s…

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