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Good Medicine

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“If laughter is good medicine for the soul, deep belly laughs are the pot we may smoke. I think I am finally beginning to understand that verse in scripture, “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground dies, it cannot live.”

Death ain’t such a big ole thing if you have already died to live more fully and deeply and abundantly.”

– Jeff Blake, A Year on Grace Street (October 13)

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Grace Is

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“There are a hundred ways to say grace. Grace is the chair in which we sit. Grace is an eraser. Grace is the red nose of a clown who blows up long balloons to form a poodle and makes us laugh. Grace is a redheaded woodpecker perched on the branch of a tree. Grace is the wings of a bird, the waves of the ocean crashing to the shore, the first coffee with a new friend, a baby’s cry, a candle chasing the blues away. Grace is the evening sun that turns the trunks and roots bronze. Grace is the first magnificent light of the early morning when the earth is more still.”

– Jeff Blake, Traveling on Grace Street

God For Us

** Listen to this as you read these words. Music moves.

“We wait in vain at the foot of the Cross for a word of vengeance, reprisal. Yet he responds with forgiveness. Oh the tenderness of our Great High Priest. Jesus says, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Simply put, we must be able to accept forgiveness.

We are sometimes superficially religious, self-concerned, callous, violence loving, cowardly when it comes to speaking out truth in love.

At the Cross, Jesus is saying “World I believe in you. You belong to the Father.” God for us. This is the greatest message of all.”

– Jeff Blake, The Seven Last Words of Christ

A Harborous Disposition

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“Not only do we realize that we belong to each other, we must take the initiative. We must do something for each other. That is what John did for Mary. The scripture says of John, “…And from that hour the disciple took her to his home.”

Spirituality gets into our hearts and also into our shoes. We let down the drawbridge and let the stranger, the neighbor, the relative, the family member, the business associate, into our lives by practicing what William Tyndale quaintly called, “a harborous disposition.” Letting people come into our harbors.”

We want to know that we matter to each other. We simply need the capacity to care, to extend ourselves, to love each other.”

– Jeff Blake, The Seven Last Words of Christ

Right Here and Now

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“In the garden of Gethsemane, the last words Jesus spoke to his apostles were, “Stay awake.” In fact, he says it twice. The Buddha offered the same wisdom; “Buddha” actually means “I am awake.”

Staying awake comes not from willpower but from a wholehearted surrender to the moment–as it is. If you can be present, you will experience what most of us mean by God, and you do not even need to call it God. It’s largely a matter of letting go of resistance to what the moment offers or of clinging to a past moment. It is an acceptance of the full reality of what is right here and now. It will be the task of your whole lifetime.”

– Richard Rohr, Just This

The Welcoming Prayer

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Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me today
because I know it’s for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons,
situations, and conditions.
I let go of my desire for power and control.
I let go of my desire for affection, esteem,
approval and pleasure.
I let go of my desire for survival and security.
I let go of my desire to change any situation,
condition, person or myself.
I open to the love and presence of God and
God’s action within. ~Amen.

~ Father Thomas Keating

Thank you Contemplative Monk for bringing this to my attention today!