Tag Archives: God’s love

A Retreat with God

As I prepared to go to Bowen Island for a three-day retreat, I got a divine nudge. “Leave your laptop at home,” God seemed to say. “Just come and be with me.” But I couldn’t possibly write much without my electronic friend. Hmm. I … Continue reading

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Lucky Bums

“Lucky bums!”  That’s how theologian Karl Barth described the poor in spirit who inherit God’s kingdom. Ever since someone mentioned that in our contemplative group, we have the urge to call each other “lucky bums.” It reminds us that we … Continue reading

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What’s a Bucket to Do?

I keep thinking of myself as that leaky bucket.  I marvel at the fact that I don’t need to put myself into God’s ocean of love; I’m already there. The first illusion, which I talked about last week, is that … Continue reading

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Immersed in an Ocean of Love

I awake with an emotional heaviness at 4 a.m. and remember what caused this feeling. I got hoodwinked by fear in a legitimate disguise: I saw an injustice and pushed the panic button–again. I ended up making a fuss over nothing … Continue reading

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Our Darkest Hour

Tomorrow is the first day of summer in the southern hemisphere. But for those of us on the other side of the world, winter begins with the longest night of the year.  Advent comes to a climax in our darkest … Continue reading

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A Mysterious Place of Meeting

I spent three days on Bowen Island walking, praying, and watching the seagulls.  I noticed that when one or two birds landed on the calm sea others followed. God seemed to be telling me that as I rest in him, others … Continue reading

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In This Precise Location

Howard, Leonard, Penny, Sheldon, and Raj in the TV series Big Bang Theory I’m into the second week of my cold with little energy to do more than watch Big Bang Theory. I borrowed Season Three from the library and put … Continue reading

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God, How Are You Loving Me in This?

Steep your life in God-reality. — Matthew 6:33 (The Message) Before I published last Friday’s post, I e-mailed Steve Imbach for permission to share his story about the sleepless night. In response he said, “If it were now I would … Continue reading

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God Isn’t Always Trying to Teach Us Stuff

 “If God speaks anywhere, it is into our personal lives that he speaks…” – Frederick Buechner, Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation God knows our thoughts even before we do (Psalm 139). And having heard all our thoughts, God must … Continue reading

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Where Do You Want to Live?

I have no doubt that God was speaking to me—in the incident with my cell phone, in conversations with friends, and in the scriptures I read. The message is clear: “You are precious to me. I will look after you, … Continue reading

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