Category Archives: Spiritual Formation

Where Can We Go?

A Reflection in Psalm 139 Leaving Steeretown, Jamacia, after ten days of working to build a Methodist Church there, was filled with emotion. There were goodbyes to the church members who had hosted us and worshiped with us and worked … Continue reading

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Watching for the Morning

A Reflection on Psalm 130 The projection clock displays the time in red numbers on our bedroom ceiling. The clock was a gift to us one Christmas. We chuckled when we opened it that Christmas morning. Who needs to know … Continue reading

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Got Solace?

A Reflection on Psalm 91 In times of unease and fear, recalling God’s deliverance brings solace to our weary souls. Our times are bringing anxiety. Panic is setting in. We can see it in the hoarding going on at the … Continue reading

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Comfort: A Reflection on Psalm 23

For a psalm that many of us learned as children, and a psalm that today we most often hear and speak responsively at funerals, Psalm 23 speaks to life today as we are living through what seems like unstoppable dis-comfort, … Continue reading

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Lectio Divina at Home

For the Lenten Season 2020 a small group from various churches has met at Saint Mark’s UMC in Raleigh for lectio divina in the Psalms of Lent 2020. It occurs to me that the Virtual Church might appreciate a plan … Continue reading

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Birdsong and evening prayer ‘gainst the setting sun. She sings in high tree top throat pulsing with song. Thirty minutes of praise, yet not enough. Blue sky and lyrics beyond my understanding, but she does not sing for me. She sings glory in the setting sun. By herself with no echo or response she sings. And as she travels on, her sung song is remembered for the pure and clear message she sang. All is well; be not afraid. She has gone now to sing evensong to a new people.

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Abba, Give Us a Word

By the 4th Century of the Common Era, monasticism already existed. Yet there were these faithful Christians, some hermits, some ascetics, who sought deeper union with God. In humility and faith they retreated into a disciplined life in the desert … Continue reading

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Reflection on Psalm 95

Sunday’s psalm begins with a call to song: “Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.” As Italy is on lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus, people have taken to opening their windows and singing … Continue reading

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SOS

SOS: A Lenten Devotional for Edenton Street UMC Scripture: Psalm 121 Invocation: Come Holy Spirit. Open our hearts and minds to hear a word from You today. Silence all other voices in us and tune our hearts to you. Come … Continue reading

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People of the Creed

 There may have been 70 of us gathered in worship today. We are not present in this church often, as we live in another town, but we feel part of this community. We share our lives before the service starts. … Continue reading

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