Current events & community, Guest blogs/reposts

Repost: Messages from a mural!

The mural above is part of artist Alex Cook’s YOU ARE LOVED mural project. You can learn about it at  www.youarelovedmurals.com” Each mural has/is one of five messages… “

Source: Messages from a mural! FIVE SATURDAY THOUGHTS

I love these murals! What a beautiful project. 🙂

Guest blogs/reposts, Women

Repost: Easter and Womanhood

This is a wonderful post about women in the Bible and their role.

Easter and Womanhood

by Virginia Harris, C.S.B.

It is striking to me how often in the New Testament a woman is the one anointed for the holy task of bearing witness to the Christ-presence. The one to confirm that the Christ is come to a dark and waiting world. Read more

Guest blogs/reposts

Repost: Deserts of the Heart

A beautiful, refreshing post. Thanks, John, for writing these ideas. 

“But what if rejoicing is the rain your life needs, in order to see the beauty bloom?”

Once you’ve lived in the desert for any stretch of time, you regard every blade of green grass and every leafy tree as some sort of small miracle. Explain to me all you like about weather patterns and geography but it will never take away my wonder at seeing fresh green grass and flowering dogwood trees…

Source: Deserts of the Heart – Read More

Guest blogs/reposts

Repost: Riches of the heart

A story worth retelling!

By Alex Cook via Time4Thinkers.com

For the past six years, I’ve served as a volunteer chaplain at a jail in Boston. During that time I’ve seen, beyond a doubt, that the qualities of God are alive and well, living and being lived in these places which would otherwise be very dark. Lots of people, when they go to jail, find themselves face to face with their mistakes and their problems, and want very badly to get past them.
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Guest blogs/reposts, Health/wellness

Reblog: a happy person is a healthy person

I love this post! Great ideas and helpful signs of progress.

Surgeon General says, a happy person is a healthy person

 by Eric Nelson via commdiginews.com

PETALUMA, CA, March 6, 2016 – The fact that U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was getting a standing ovation at last November’s TEDMED medical conference in Palm Springs wasn’t in itself that surprising. After all, he’d just given a terrific speech about the relationship between happiness and health. What was surprising was the fact that this…
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Current events & community, Guest blogs/reposts, Identity/healing the past, Love/relationships, Parenting/Father Mother God

Repost: Teach me to love – a poem

“TEACH ME TO LOVE.”

From the October 1908 issue of The Christian Science Journal

There was a time when in my daily prayer
I asked for all the things I deemed most fair,
And necessary to my life,—success,
Riches, of course, and ease, and happiness;
A host of friends, a home without alloy;
A primrose path of luxury and joy,
Social distinction, and enough of fame
To leave behind a well-remembered name.

Ambition ruled my life. I longed to do
Great things, that all my little world might view
And whisper, “Wonderful!”
Ah, patient God,
How blind we are, until Thy shepherd’s rod
Of tender chastening gently leads us on
To better things! To-day I have but one
Petition, Lord—Teach me to love. Indeed,
It is my greatest and my only need —
Teach me to love, not those who first love me,
But all the world, with that rare purity
Of broad, outreaching thought which bears no trace
Of earthly taint, but holds in its embrace
Humanity, and only seems to see
The good in all, reflected, Lord, from Thee.

And teach me, Father, how to love the most
Those who most stand in need of love— that host
Of people who are sick and poor and bad,
Whose tired faces show their lives are sad,
Who toil along the road with footsteps slow,
And hearts more heavy than the world can know—
People whom others pass discreetly by,
Or fail to hear the pleading of that cry
For help, amid the tumult of the crowd … Read more