Your Life’s Masterpiece

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – Masterpiece Mondays

What is the masterpiece that is your life?

In Jon Gordon’s book, “The Carpenter,” the question is asked, “What is the masterpiece of your life?” Gordon invites the readers of his excellent book to consider what kind of masterpiece should be their life’s purpose. One of my spiritual friends and I are both asking this question of ourselves. We are prayerfully considering what the masterpiece, the remainder of our life, should be. Continue reading “Your Life’s Masterpiece”

Newspaper Prayer: Friday, June 16th

Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, June 16, 2017

Russian Military Says It Might Have Killed ISIS Leader

Russia’s military said on Friday that it was looking into whether a Russian airstrike in the Syrian desert killed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-declared caliph of the Islamic State, in what would be a major military achievement. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayer: Friday, June 16th”

Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, June 15th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, June 15, 2017

Steve Scalise Among 4 Shot at Baseball Field; Suspect Is Dead

A lone gunman who was said to be distraught over President Trump’s election opened fire on members of the Republican congressional baseball team at a practice field in this Washington suburb on Wednesday, using a rifle to shower the field with bullets that struck four people, including Steve Scalise, the majority whip of the House of Representatives. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, June 15th”

Tuesday Night Spiritual Friends: Surrendering

I meet every Tuesday night with a group of spiritual friends. Most of our group is involved in some level of recovery from drugs and/or alcohol addiction. The first three steps of AA are as follows:

Step 1 – We admitted we were powerless over our addiction – that our lives had become unmanageable.

Step 2 – Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step 3 – Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.

My question to my spiritual friends centered on the Third Step subject of surrender. I asked a question that has been rumbling around in my brain for quite some time. I said, “How can we surrender, when we really don’t feel like it?” Continue reading “Tuesday Night Spiritual Friends: Surrendering”

Newspaper Prayer: Tuesday, June 13th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sessions’s Senate Testimony: How to Watch and What to Expect

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify on Tuesday, starting at 2:30 p.m. Eastern, before the Senate Intelligence Committee about matters linked to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.  Continue reading “Newspaper Prayer: Tuesday, June 13th”

Newspaper Prayers: Monday, June 12th

Back from Vacation

I am back from vacation and greatly appreciate Stacy Busch’s work on the blog while I was absent. She added beautiful pictures from Iceland to ideas from Dr. Frank Laubach and daily prayers.

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, June 12, 2017

‘We Are Not Unusual Anymore’: 50 Years of Mixed-Race Marriage in U.S.

For their first date, in 1949, Leon Watson and Rosina Rodriquez headed to the movie theater. But each entered separately. First went Ms. Rodriquez, a fair-skinned woman who traces her roots to Mexico. Mr. Watson, who is black, waited several minutes before going in and sitting next to her. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Monday, June 12th”

Prayers From the Waters’ Edge

Daily Prayer 693

The best way to get in touch with Jesus is to accept the invitation which is published in the Bible. Jesus said, “Come to me . . . you are my friends.” If you ever took a chemistry class, you know you couldn’t pass the book about experiments until you actually tried the experiments out. This is true of the invisible Jesus, too. The only way to prove him is to try experiments with him.
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