239 – Wilderness – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

This past Sunday I was with a congregation where we were reading Mark 1 and thinking about “Wilderness.” We noticed the Gospel writer reminded us that the prophets spoke about the wilderness, that John’s “pulpit” was in the wilderness, that … Continue reading

237 – Simplicity – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

I suspect you are all familiar with the Serenity Prayer, Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Right? How does … Continue reading

235 – Speak/Listen – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

The past weeks I have spent time reflecting on the God’s call to Samuel (1 Samuel 3.1 – 4.1). I have  become more and more impressed with the richness of this portion of Scripture and the direction and encouragement it … Continue reading

234 – Learning to Pray – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

In the weeks before this past Christmas I took several opportunities to visit a few local bookstores (no surprise to those of you who know me!). On one of my visits, I was looking at several books on prayer and … Continue reading

233 – Water – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Two things came together Sunday that have me thinking about water this week. First, last Sunday was the celebrated as the “Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.” Many in church listened to the Scriptural accounts of Jesus’ baptism and … Continue reading

232 – An Ordinary Day – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

How about you?  Are you back to your ordinary routine after the holidays?  As the first post-holiday week rolls around are you glad all the extra activity is past?  Does it feel good to be back to “normal”?  Or, are … Continue reading

231 – Spirituality – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

When I came across these words of Frederick Buechner, I couldn’t help but think he correctly identified one of the real dangers associated with spiritual disciplines.  If we let our concern for our “spirituality” draw us away from our life … Continue reading