Sunday October 19, 2014

HUMAN LOVE INVOLVES ATTACHMENT. Thus, if I do not nurture my primary friendship with God, I may unwittingly turn to my human friends for basic spiritual sustenance. It can be hard to lean on the everlasting arms of the sometimes hidden Divine Friend. … Friendship with God usually requires a conscious awareness of something beyond the physical bounds of material life – an inward attention to a still, small voice.

- Stephanie Ford

Friday October 17, 2014

ANY GOOD conversation consists of both listening and speaking. In a natural rhythm – a dance – both partners move and respond to each other in time to the music. This is no less true of the process of prayer. After a time of listening to God in the stillness, we are moved to respond. … Wait for the words to arise from deep within.

- Daniel Wolpert

Thursday October 16, 2014

OUR TIMES CRY OUT for a mass movement of compassion. This urgent need coincides with the goal of the Christ-following life, for unless our faith makes us compassionate, it can hardly be called Christian. Following Jesus means moving out of our privatized, isolated, and self-enclosed worlds into a compassionate engagement with our suffering neighbor. As we open ourselves to the pilgrimage experience, … we journey from self-centeredness to compassion. May you and I become everyday pilgrims whom God can use to bring healing to our broken world.

- Trevor Hudson

Wednesday October 15, 2014

WE CAN BE SURE that Jesus keeps his promise and that when we gather in his name, he will be with us. We are often blessed by being in community. We receive encouragement, guidance, comfort, and hope by participating in a community. … These gifts of community are available to us all, and we receive them more readily when we remember that Jesus meets us there.

–Rueben P. Job

Tuesday October 14, 2014

I BELIEVE THAT asking “What if?” is a worthwhile spiritual practice. It keeps our eyes and minds open to what God is doing in the world, and it keeps us grounded as well.

If we will simply follow Jesus into the world with a willingness to love, God will do the transformative work in us and in others. It may not look the way we expect it to look, and it may not happen on our time frames. That’s okay because it’s not about us. It’s about what God is doing in the world. What if all of Jesus’ apprentices imagined a world made whole and holy by the love and grace of God?

- Rebecca Dwight Bruff