218 – Walls – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Last week we heard Madeleine L’Engle warn us of the walls we can allow to be created between us and others. In part she wrote, “The house of God … is a cross where time and eternity meet, and where we are – … Continue reading

217 – Walls – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Madeleine L’Engle has written, “Sometimes the very walls of our churches separate us from God and each other. In our various naves and sanctuaries we are safely separated from those outside, from other denominations, other religions, separated from the poor, the ugly, the … Continue reading

209 – Spiritual Disciplines / Spiritual Practices – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

These wise words dropped into my inbox a few days ago and they struck me as indispensable counsel for our approach to all spiritual practices, “As long as you notice, and have to count, the steps, you are not yet dancing but only … Continue reading

202 – Discipleship – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

A few weeks ago a young man spoke at our church on his work with the organization Youth with a Mission  ( http://www.ywam.org/ ). He spoke in part of his working in the YWAM’s “Discipleship Training School.”  I had not heard of … Continue reading

164 – Hospitality – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Last week as I was looking over one of the lectionary mailing lists, I read a great post on hospitality by Thom Shuman.  I asked Thom’s permission to share it with you, and he most kindly granted that permission. “When it comes to … Continue reading

163 – Listening – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Last week I came across these words from Dietrich Bonhoeffer that I saved several years ago, “The first service one owes to others in the community involves listening to them. Many people seek a sympathetic ear and do not find … Continue reading

159 – Community – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

Last week we listened to John Muir tell us to go to the mountains, and thereby to go home, to the “fountain of life” for the healing and renewal it can bring to us.  I asked you to think about when you … Continue reading

153 – Church – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

When you consider the church, what do you see?  I feel sure most will see more than a building.  Probably many will see more than a group of people assembled for a meeting.  Will any of us get a glimpse of what brings … Continue reading

114 – Religion – Intention on the Spiritual Journey

This past week I have been thinking about part of the quote I shared last week from Terry York, “We tuck things away … and walk away. We can stay away if we are busy enough or if our surroundings, … Continue reading