Praying With Both Eyes Closed

Praying With Both Eyes Closed But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me. Psalm 69:13 In January of this year, I began this series of Life Notes with a reflection about praying with one eye open. I … Continue reading Praying With Both Eyes Closed

A Contemplative Life

A Contemplative Life  For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.  Isaiah 30:15 What exactly is a contemplative life? How is it different from a regular life? Most of our lives are too busy to … Continue reading A Contemplative Life

How Did I Miss That? Part 2: Alone Time is Important

How Did I Miss That? Part 2: Alone Time is Important And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever … Continue reading How Did I Miss That? Part 2: Alone Time is Important

Original Love

Original Love God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:5b The essence of Emmanuel is love, and love manifests in relationships. Through the birth of Jesus, God chose to be in relationship, physically, with the people of the time. Today, God chooses to be … Continue reading Original Love

Beyond Words

  Beyond Words Be still, and know that I am God!  Psalm 46:1a I am a man of too many words. I think in words, I speak in words, and, too often, I experience life through the filter of words. I attempt to capture beauty in words and in doing so I invariably lose much … Continue reading Beyond Words

Higher Truth and Peace

  Higher Truth and Endless Peace  For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Councilor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace…  Isaiah 9:6-7a The theme for the 2nd … Continue reading Higher Truth and Peace

The “I” in Faith

The “I” in Faith  Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. But even the hairs on your head are all counted. Do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7 We often hear the saying, “There is no “I” … Continue reading The “I” in Faith