Loving-kindness cut straight to the heart of improving my own self-talk and judgment of others. And I found, despite some grimacing, a softening toward those for whom I felt anger. Devotional meditation, though clunky at first, became as natural as any worship service I had attended. It provided a time of praise and worship for my heart and mind. This meditation method was the culmination of my journey, reminding me that thinking about, reflecting on, gazing at, and contemplating God makes me spiritually open to God’s movement in and through me.
—J. Dana Trent, One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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Let us go on toward perfection, leaving behind the basic teaching about Christ, and not laying again the foundation: repentance from dead works and faith toward God.
—Hebrews 6:1 (NRSV)
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Spirit of God, comfort and renew us with each breath we take. Amen.
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