July222014

Daily E-votion 7/22/2014

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus

       has set you free from the law of sin and of death….

       God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do….

       The just requirement of the law is fulfilled in us,

       who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

                  —from Romans 8.2-4

God’s law is not a set of demands.

Demands could never make us love.

Concern about our righteousness

only makes us more self-centered.

God’s law is love, which lives in us,

and so makes us the fulfillment of God’s love.

We are free from “having to” do anything

to be fully, deeply loved and connected.

So we walk in that Love, that Spirit.

We let go of our anxieties

about the survival of our isolated self,

and let ourselves be included

in the infinite Life of God.

We rest in God’s love.

We let it transform us breath by breath.

We behold that love for and in everyone.

We let that love guide us.

We live in the Spirit.

~Rev. Steve Garnaas-Holmes; unfoldinglight.net

July212014

Wesley Daily E-votion 7/21/2014

WILLINGNESS - by David Ridge

Let my heart be the vessel of God’s Love.

Let my thoughts be the blossom of God’s Love.

Let my words be the expression of God’s Love.

Let my actions be the fulfillment of God’s Love.

July182014

Daily E-votion 7/18/2014

“Give us thankful hearts, O God, in this the season of Thy Thanksgiving. May we be thankful for health and strength, for sun and rain and peace. Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities, and let us ever remember that true gratitude and appreciation shows itself neither in independence nor satisfaction but passes the gift joyfully on in larger and better form. Such gratitude grant us, O Lord. Amen.”
–W.E.B. DuBois on Psalm 100 -
July172014

Daily E-votion 7/16/2014

Dear Lord,

Help me to relax about insignificant details, beginning tomorrow at 7:41:23 a.m. EST. 

Help me to consider people’s feelings, even if most of them are hypersensitive. 

Help me to take responsibility for the consequences of my actions,
even though they’re usually not my fault. 

Help me to not try to run everything - but, if you need some help, please feel free to ask me. 

Help me to be more laid back, and help me to do it exactly right. 

Help me to take things more seriously, especially laughter, parties, and dancing. 

Give me patience, and I mean right now! 

Help me not be a perfectionist. (Did I spell that correctly?) 

Help me to finish everything I sta 

Help me to keep my mind on one thing … oh, look, a bird … at a time. 

Help me to do only what I can, and trust you for the rest. And would you mind putting that in writing? 

Keep me open to others’ ideas, misguided though they may be. 

Help me follow established procedures. Hey, wait … this is wrong …

Help me slow down andnotrushthroughwhatido. 

Thank you, Lord.

Amen 

(anonymous)

July162014

Daily E-votion 7/15/2014

It matters notwhat my abilities may be then, provided that I possess you, Lord. Do what you will with this insignificant creature. Whether it be that I should work, or become inspired, or be the recipient of your impressions, it is all the same. Everything is yours, everything is from you and for you…It is for you, Lord, to regulate everything: direction, humiliations, sanctification, perfection and salvation – all are your business.

From The Joy Full of Surrender; This inspirational classic was compiled more than a century after the death of its author, the French Jesuit, Jean-Pierre de Caussade. Gathered from the notes, discussions, and letters that he left behind, these reflections focus on accepting the will of God with an open heart, and learning to slow down and live life in the “sacrament of the present moment.”

July152014

Daily E-votion 7/15/2014

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GOD OF THE EARTH

God of the earth, the sky, the sea;

Maker of all above, below:

Creation lives in You and me;

Your present life through all does flow.

Your love is in the sunshine’s glow;

Your life is in the quickening air;

When lightnings flash and storm-winds blow,

There is Your power, Your law is there.

We feel Your calm at evening’s hour,

Your grandeur in the march of night;

And when the morning breaks in power,

We hear Your word, “Let there be light!”

But higher far, and far more clear,

You in our spirit we behold;

Your image and Yourself are there —

Indwelling God, proclaimed of old.

(Samuel Longfellow [1819-1892])

July142014

Daily E-votion 7/14/2014

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Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.

Be.

(Breath Prayer based on Psalm 46:10)

July112014

Daily E-votion 7/11/2014

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God be in my head,

And in my understanding;

God be in my eyes

And in my looking;

God be in my mouth

And in my speaking;

God be in my heart

And in my thinking;

God be at my end,

And at my departing.

(Sarum Primer - 1514)

July102014

Daily E-votion 7/10/2014

O God, who has placed us in a world You and we constantly create, we give thanks as we work and as we pray. We praise You for the day of light and life, for the night which brings rest and sleep, and for the ordered course of nature, seedtime and harvest. We bless You for the joy of children and the wisdom of the old. We thank You for the love of God and people which shines forth in commonplace lives, and above all for the vision of You in silent meditation, in fellowship, in the sacrament of the shared life, and in prayer. We praise Your name now and forever more.

Ursula Mary Niebuhr (1907 - January 10, 1997)

July92014

Daily E-votion 7/9/2014

TEN THINGS I’VE LEARNED IN A GARDEN

  1. From the hedge roses: When you remove the deadwood, the new growth can dance.
  2. From the chives who jumped the fence: Weed carefully so that you don’t pull that which you didn’t know you had planted.
  3. From the geraniums saved from last year: What appears to be dead may have life if it’s fed.
  4. From the wrens: Young birds play; so should young people.
  5. From the compost pile: Garbage, properly treated, becomes food.
  6. From the lemon mint along the garden shed: Communicate – when someone else mows, they don’t know where you have planted.
  7. From the hostas: God can work miracles in the darkness…
  8. From the lilacs: The sweet smell of success is short-lived.
  9. From the lamb’s ears: It is possible to have too much of a good thing.
  10. From my heart: If Adam and Eve belonged in a garden, don’t we?

By Mrs. Janet Hitchcock; from Women’s Uncommon Prayers

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