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Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. C.S. Lewis

Sacred Space Is All Around

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The late afternoon light streaming through our pine woods creates heavenly beams illuminating the exquisite beauty and design of each tree and shrub, each bough and needle, casting long shadows in a foretaste of the evening to come. Even in winter, this time of day never ceases to thrill me with its visual drama and […]

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Can You Separate The Threads Of Life’s Essential Connections?

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This almost became a Christian blog Until I recently established an editorial schedule of writing about each of the four essential life connections at least twice a month, I found myself gravitating towards writing about my spiritual journey more often than any other topic. Blog gurus suggest the more clearly you define your niche, the […]

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Book Review: I Am A Church Member

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I Am A Church Member: Discovering The Attitude That Makes The Difference by Thom S. Rainer This is a jewel of a book: small in size but priceless in its simple, powerful message for anyone who cares about the well-being of Christian congregations in the world today and who genuinely wants to be a more effective […]

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Should Christians Forgive AND Forget?

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We’re commanded to forgive those who trespass against us Since the beginning of God’s relationship with mankind, God has spoken through his prophets about forgiveness of our sins. The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. (Daniel 9:9) “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins […]

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Hearing God’s Voice In a Noisy World: 6 Ways God Might Be Speaking To You

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Does God still speak to us? Yes! Scripture,  Christian writings, and personal anecdotes from devout Christians are clear that God has spoken to us throughout history and still speaks. What throws us off sometimes is having preconceived ideas about how God might speak to us and not recognizing it when He speaks in ordinary or […]

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Saints You Should Know

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One of the things I appreciate about our church is the notion that we are all saints of God, imperfect but striving. There is really nothing I’m aware of in the New Testament to indicate there is a special class of saints, even though some are clearly deemed more mature in their spiritual development than […]

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What places or things do you consider sacred?

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Coincidence or synchronicity? I love stumbling upon wonderful websites featuring content that resonates with thoughts or experiences I’m having at the time. That happened to me recently when I discovered Tony Laidig’s site called a Day with the Sacred. I’ve met Tony at the NAMS events for online marketers in Atlanta where he is a highly regarded faculty […]

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Why Do Christians Have To Struggle?

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Sermon I preached at Episcopal services in Beckford Parish, VA 8/18/13 The Day’s Gospel: Luke 12: 49-53 “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!  I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!  Do you think […]

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Nature’s magic night lights

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Last year, I saw my first firefly on June 1, but it took another week or two before they became very conspicuous. One night towards the end of June, I got up in the night and looked out the window. Fireflies—millions of them—were illuminating the trees along the edge of the woods like magic sentinels. It […]

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CONNECTION SPOTLIGHT: Faith And Imagery

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Pentecost: Spirit’s Fire Today, Christian churches celebrate Pentecost as the commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the twelve disciples and other followers of Jesus as described in the Acts of the Apostles 2:1–31. How perfect, then, was  my delightful connection experience this week when a dear friend, Jim Wilson, sent me an article about his […]

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Accept a Gushing Waterfall of Love!

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Hannah Brencher is, I believe, one of the most talented writers living today. She pierces my heart with words she conjures up and weaves together in potent combinations. To call these combinations of words just sentences is like calling Stonehenge just an interesting arrangement of big rocks. Perhaps it was because I needed to hear […]

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Reflections on Ash Wednesday

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I’m sharing a link to my reflections and poem at the beginning of this holy season of Lent: Lent’s Mysterious Call of Spirit What does Lent mean to you? What practices help you experience the holiness of Lent more fully? Photo Credit: “Crown of thorns on cross” by Mike Rogal via BigStockPhoto

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Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Close your eyes, lay your soul bare before God, and listening to this break-your-heart beautiful rendition of the beloved hymn Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, sung here by a group called FiddleSticks Celtic and American folk music group. It was penned in 1757 by  English pastor and hymnist Robert Robinson when he was just 22 years old. Thank you […]

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Birthdays are different when you’re face-to-face with your own mortality

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My beautiful cousin, Carlyle Herbert Dorroh, mother of three young children, was diagnosed in August, 2012, with advanced colon cancer. She has chosen to fight with an aggressive chemo regimen and a risky, but potentially effective, surgical procedure. She wrote this piece entitled “Birthdays” soon after her diagnosis and is letting me share it. It speaks […]

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God-Hugs and the Beautiful People Who Deliver Them

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God-hugs are those wonderful moments of grace, insight, wisdom, or love that come to you out of the blue at exactly the moment you need them most. Sometimes it’s a phone call, or perhaps a note or letter. More often than not, it’s something you hear or read or see. It can be a direct […]

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Thanksgiving in Action

Click the thumbs up icon on any of these you agree with. What are you thankful for today? Can you think of a way to turn that thanksgiving into action?

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Make The Quiet Times Happen

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Welcome to guest blogger and Connection Messenger, Mark E. Johnson. Read more about Mark below. His piece reminds us that life’s precious connections—in this case Connection with God and Connection with Nature—often intersect with powerful impact on our experience of each.  ——————————– This morning, Holly and I had the honor and privilege of listening to […]

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Forgiveness

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Welcome to today’s guest blogger and Connection Messenger, Mimi Meredith. She is exploring a tough concept that I believe is at the core of much unhappiness in the world. Certainly it can be a stumbling block to cultivating a close connection with God. September 11, when we cannot help but think back on the horror […]

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All God’s Creatures Got a Place in the Choir

Here’s a fun video to celebrate Labor Day in the U.S. I DARE you to listen to this without smiling and tapping your feet! Thanks to my cousin Liz Henderson for sharing this wonderfully uplifting video. Ladies, I promise you, for reasons that will become clear very shortly, no matter what you think of the music, […]

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A Litany of Thanksgiving for the Nation

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In celebration of Independence Day A litany from  The Book of Common Prayer Almighty God, giver of all good things: We thank you for the natural majesty and beauty of this land. They restore us, though we often destroy them. Help us We thank you for the great resources of this nation. They make us rich, […]

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