Tuesday, March 24, 2009


The Bible speaks about the Spirit praying within us (Romans 8:26-27). I find this very comforting since that means that prayer is happening in me whether I am aware of it or not. These weeks when I have not been feeling well are challenging to my prayer life. Yet I don't have to worry, God is still working in me and sustaining my prayers when I don't have the strength of will to stay focused or be aware for prolonged times. Also the prayers of the community on my behalf nourish my soul and shape my heart. What a gift prayer is!

I am so thankful for this action of God in my life. I can relax and trust the shepherd of my soul to work on my behalf when I am not able. What a gracious God!

On a side note much of prayer is simply sitting and "listening" to the prayer of the Spirit within us. Therefore we should "be still" (Psalm 46:10).

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

World Water Sunday

This Sunday, the 22nd of March is world water Sunday. It is an important issue becuase 5,000 children die every day from water related illness. The solutions are there and are doable.

Here is a linke to Lutheran World Relief's info on water.

World Water Sunday

The gift of letting go

So many of the things we hold onto keep us from experiencing a deeper spiritual life. Sometimes these things are material possessions (much like the rich young ruler) but more often they are things that flow from our ego.

What we fail to realize is that in letting we go we actually gain what we really want. Jesus says that "whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for his sake will gain it". Jesus gave his life completely and calls us to do the same. We are scared by what this looks like and we are unsure, so we hold onto our security and therefore never gain the depth in our soul.

Whatever helps us to let go is a gift, even if it means pain, struggle and suffering. These can be a gift if they are part of the paschal mystery where nothing is foreign to God.

Letting go is not fatalism, it is a deep and abiding trust. It is praying and living into "not my will , but thy will be done".