He Restores My Soul! (Bonus message!)

Picture from Small Rain illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV) The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's … Continue reading He Restores My Soul! (Bonus message!)

All of you are children of the most High. Psalm 82:6

Picture from Small Rain illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity, and power is a false identity—an illusion! Loudly and clearly he says: “You are not what the world makes you; but you are children of God.” Nouwen, Henri J. M.. Here and Now: … Continue reading All of you are children of the most High. Psalm 82:6

“Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings.”

While in our intensely competitive society the hunger and thirst for friendship, intimacy, union, and communion are immense, it never has been so difficult to satisfy this hunger and quench this thirst. Nouwen, Henri J. M.. Here and Now: Living in the Spirit (p. 148). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition. “Spanning the globe to … Continue reading “Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings.”

‘Family’ and ‘familiar’ both come from the Latin ‘familia’, meaning household servants.

Two of the most important ways of leaving father, mother, brother, and sister are forgiveness and gratitude. Can we forgive our family for not having loved us as well as we wanted to be loved? Nouwen, Henri J. M.. Here and Now: Living in the Spirit (p. 137). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition. Last … Continue reading ‘Family’ and ‘familiar’ both come from the Latin ‘familia’, meaning household servants.

Compassion—which means, literally, “to suffer with”…

How is it possible to make compassion the center of our lives? As insecure, anxious, vulnerable, and mortal beings—always involved, somehow and somewhere, in the struggle for survival—competition seems to offer us a great deal of satisfaction. Indeed, the main spiritual question is not, “What difference do you make?” but “What do you have in … Continue reading Compassion—which means, literally, “to suffer with”…