Sunday, June 26, 2011

Daily Meditation for June 26, 2011 A courageous life

As i read this, I am at a conference where we are trying to learn to make a difference to those around us.  How interesting that this popped up this morning!  Be courageous!

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Sunday June 26, 2011


A Courageous Life

"Have courage," we often say to one another.  Courage is a spiritual virtue.  The word courage comes from the Latin word cor, which means "heart".  A courageous act is an act coming from the heart.  A courageous word is a word arising from the heart.  The heart, however, is not just the place where our emotions are located.  The heart is the centre of our being, the centre of all thoughts, feelings, passions, and decisions.

When the flesh - the lived human experience - becomes word, community can develop.  When we say,  "Let me tell you what we saw.  Come and listen to what we did.  Sit down and let me explain to you what happened to us.  Wait until you hear whom we met,"  we call people together and make our lives into lives for others.   The word brings us together and calls us into community.  When the flesh becomes word, our bodies become part of a body of people.


- Henri J. M. Nouwen

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Text excerpts taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen, ©1997 HarperSanFrancisco. All Scripture from The Jerusalem Bible ©1966, 1967, and 1968 Darton, Longman & Todd and Doubleday & Co. Inc. Psalms from The Psalms, A New Translation ©1963 The Grail (England) published by Collins. Photo by V. Dobson.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Prayers answered

I just heard from my friend who I took to hospital the other day.  She's out and in a much better place, though her friends and family have a lot of caring ahead of them so she can get back on her feet.

Thanks to Chaplain Art and to all my friends who said a prayer the other day!  BEN

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tough day for a friend.

I took a friend to hospital this afternoon.  This friend is suffering from the darkest night of the soul.  She needs thoughts of love and prayer sent towards Sacramento tonight.

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