A Fabulous Storm

What a renewing there is after a storm.  Just moments ago, there were Tornado Warnings, school lockdowns and complete chaos.  Not to mention two three-year-olds that couldn't contain themselves from the feeling of everyone else's stress.  Now, the birds are chirping and there's a sense of calm cleanness in the air.  Amazingly, the storms seemed to split and the worst of the weather went north, south, east and west to form a realm of impending tornadoes around us.  Reminiscent of life, sometimes, isn't it?  Calmness is all relative to the ...more

Me Time, week 3

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Inner Peace

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Prince of Peace

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.   And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”    (Isaiah 9:6)  I don’t know about you, but I desperately need an extra measure of peace in our day and time, especially during the holiday season.  The biblical key to peace is Christ’s Authority!  Webster defines “peace” in this way:  a state of tranquility or quiet; a state of security or order within a community; a state or period of mutual concord; without strife or disorder…  When the Lord Jesus becomes your Lord and Savior, you gain access to His peace.  The Book of Isaiah uses the word peace 26 times. God promised the nation of Israel peace when they returned wholeheartedly to the Lord.  Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”  In 32:17 Isaiah tells us, “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.”  Again in Isaiah 48:17-18 & 22, “Thus says the Lord, you Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.  Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea’…’There is no peace,’ says the Lord, ‘for the wicked.’”  The apostle Paul concluded the book of II Thessalonians with this benediction, “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”  Ephesians 2:14 states, “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of division between us.”  Paul also says in Philippians 4:7, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” More importantly, Jesus Himself says in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  When you have Jesus as the center of your life, He is the “still water” and tranquility you need to sustain you in a world of turmoil and chaos.  He is our example of peace and our inspiration for peace.  When we make peace with Jesus, we are no longer at enmity with God.  Our salvation guarantees us peace forever with our Creator.  Jesus becomes our peace as we bend our knee to His Authority.  Because He is the Vine and we are the branches (John 15), we are to receive that peace from His reservoir.  Peace comes to those who gladly receive downstream, that which Jesus begins upstream.   We find our security in Who He is.  Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”  He is the source of a peace that surpasses all understanding…  ...more

Chanting Verses

When I had to stop working full-time, I joined a comparative philosophy class (very convenient, same lecture and discussion three times a week and three units every week. Could be done on the same day all together or spread over a week. Pretty good arrangement, don’t you think for a person with chronic health problems?). I also spent time reading the scriptures of various religions with guidance from the men and women who are qualified to teach their subject and do so as part of their duties at the monasteries and missions....more

Reflecting on the Joy of Pain

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.” ~Washington Irving...more

Coaches on the Edge Present the Hair Apparent

elizabeth: Laurie and I went to see the revival of “Hair” this past Sunday in Manhattan. I remember reading about this tribal love-rock musical in 1967 and wishing I was older so I could go see it. But my parents had the local nunnery on their speed dial (my parents knew the Jetsons – look it up) and I was too cowardly back then to attempt incurring my parents wrath. Plus I would have been force-fed Frank Sinatra records and that could have scarred me for life.  So finally this past Sunday I was able to let the sun shine in on a young girl’s wish.  ...more

Transmit Love

Love is the master key that opens up every door of happiness. Love, becoming love, is why we are here....more
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