Do Spiritual Practices Make a Difference?New Every Morning | May 23, 2023
Does it make a difference if we learn to appreciate one another within our congregations across theological and cultural differences? Today it is essential, not a luxury. I’ve come to deeply appreciate any practice that puts some space between our quick reactivity and our actions. A few decades ago, such practices were demeaned as self-absorbed navel-gazing. Quite the contrary, such practices are essential to break the imprisonment caused by naming anyone different from ourselves as “enemy.” We must examine such attitudes and break their power over us in the name of Jesus’ calling to compassion.
—Dwight H. Judy, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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[Jesus said] Be compassionate just as your Father is compassionate.
—Luke 6:36 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and
the glory, forever. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Day of Pentecost
- Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30
- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
- John 20:19-23 or 7:37-39
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As I live in Pittsburgh, and it is freshly front and center in the news due to jury selection, the Tree of Life tragedy and how all denominations came together to aid and comfort those of the Jewish faith is uppermost in my mind. Those with churches offered them as places to relocate their services to until a new synagogue was built or the old renovated. The entire community ralied and provided money. I bought a t-shirt from which the sale proceeds were donated to the victims families. The entire Pittsburgh community mourned with them . I pray to have this manner of compassion every day and for everyone.
The painting company guy came yesterday and I am waiting for his estimate. The flooring company guy is supposed to come today. However, he never showed up when he was supposed to last week and I had to call him to find out what was going on and reschedule. If today is a repeat, I will go with another flooring company.
My compassion can be demonstrated by the time I offer, the words (or lack thereof) which I speak, the eye contact which I maintain. Sensitive questioning, being willing to hear another’s story – these are life giving – for both people.
Had a meeting after school – which didn’t run too long. Came home, grilled out dinner and spent some time in my flower beds. Maybe about 75% done. Will hopefully have more time to spend Thursday evening or Friday. Hoping to purchase some flats of annuals Friday after school.
Began storing away some things in my class this afternoon.
Have a webinar here in a bit – it is about “grateful grief”. I seem awake enough to take it in. It is a five part series. I didn’t do the first two – but have recordings of them. Hopefully they aren’t necessarily chronological. We will see.