Friday Meditation: In the Beginning …

January 2, 2015 in Daily Meditations

In the beginning ...   -- Genesis 1:1

Like any good story, the Bible begins at the beginning. The beginning of everything, when God looks out on the vastness of this universe and sees nothing ... then creates a lot of beauty out of that nothing.

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Wednesday Meditation: The Fierce Grace of Congruence

December 31, 2014 in Daily Meditations

As we become more conscious, we begin to see that there are consequences. There are consequences to everything, and they get bigger and bigger the more we behave in ways that are not in harmony with what we know is true. This is actually a wonderful thing. It is what I call fierce grace. It is not a soft grace; it is not the kind of grace that is beautiful and uplifting. But it is a grace nonetheless. We know that when we act from what is not true, we will only be causing ourselves pain. That knowing is a grace.

-- Adyashanti, "The End of Your World"

I gave up making New Year's resolutions years ago. I, like most people, lacked the ability to carry my resolve to lose weight, get more organized or eat better in the new year for more than a few weeks at best. Then, I was right back to my old ways.

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Tuesday Meditation: We Are All Innocent

December 30, 2014 in Daily Meditations

"We're all sinners ..."
-- Common phrase we hear far too often

A friend said this phrase to me just the other day. She was talking about dealing with her family over the holidays. Some of her family know of her sexual orientation and others don't, so she had to walk a fine line during her visit.

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Wednesday Meditation: Christ is Born Every Moment

December 24, 2014 in Daily Meditations

You will see yourself reborn again, being born again, arising out of the past, out of the clouds and confusion---thoughts, prejudices, egos, minds, conditionings—arising out of them, virgin, pure. Then you will again see the power that you are, the being that you are.  -- Osho

The season of Advent ends tonight as Christians celebrate the tradition of Jesus' birth.

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Tuesday Meditation: Breaking Down the Barriers

December 23, 2014 in Daily Meditations

Jesus calls us to put away our childish beliefs that God takes sides or orders us to harm other living beings. Jesus shows us that God expects us to work cooperatively to bring about God's kingdom. Any experience that teaches us to put up barriers between ourselves and others is not an experience of God.  -- Candace Chellew-Hodge, Bulletproof Faith

I am a slow learner. Even though I wrote those words back in 2008, I am just beginning to fully realize the truth of them.

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Thursday Meditation: Creating Stable Communities

December 18, 2014 in Daily Meditations

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured. -- Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut has always been a favorite writer of mine and, on this point, it seems that science agrees -- young people need stable communities, and surprisingly, churches are finally offering that kind of stability to its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

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Wednesday Meditation with the Mystics: Prayer as Rest

December 17, 2014 in Daily Meditations, Meditation with the Mystics

The sun hears the fields talking about effort
And the sun smiles,
And whispers to me, "Why don't the fields just rest, for
I am willing to do everything
To help them grow?"
Rest, my dears, in prayer.

Rest In Prayer  -- 14th century Christian mystic St. Catherine of Siena

"Rest, my dear, in prayer," that 14th century Christian mystic Catherine of Siena writes.

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Tuesday Meditation: Crazy as Hell Guard Dogs

December 16, 2014 in Daily Meditations

From a distance all want to enter His house. Once near, watch out for the guard dogs -- both four-legged and two. Some of them are crazy as hell. -- 16th century Christian mystic St. Teresa of Avila

Oh, we lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith know well the self-appointed, crazy as hell guard dogs who howl when we try to get close to God's house.

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Monday Meditation: Love is Our Only Job

December 15, 2014 in Daily Meditations

It's not our job to figure out how to accomplish God's purposes on earth. That's not help; it's interference. It is merely our job to so deeply align our hearts and minds with His spirit within us, that our lives then become involuntary instruments of His will.  -- Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

Williamson's advice in A Return to Love makes me think of Martin Luther's similar advice to, "Love God and do as you please."

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Friday Meditation: Trusting Our Heart

December 12, 2014 in Daily Meditations

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?  -- Jeremiah 17:9

The criticism I most often hear when I talk about trusting our experience of God, even if it contradicts traditional Christian doctrines usually centers around this one piece of scripture.

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