Tension Check-in

The crown of your head: your connection to Heaven

In between your eyes: all that you think and see

Your throat: what you say and ingest

Your chest: where your lifeblood and passions flow

Your core: balance and breathing

Your lower abdomen: your gut and loins

Your lower back: base of the spine, your connection to the earth

Are any of these out of whack? Where are you twisted and tense? Breathe deep. Relax. Get centered.

It’s the whole body we’re seeking to repair. Like any good vehicle, it only works best when all is in check.

The Good Samaritan

*Luke 10:30-36

 

Let’s look at the parable

of the good Samaritan.

You got this guy, cruising down the road,

gets beat up and robbed and left to die

in a ditch.

A bunch of well-to-do, well-respected

“pious” peeps

from his own nation stroll by,

but they’ve got places to be,

especially if he’s dying

Cuz a dying man would make a “holy man”

unclean.

Along comes a Samaritan,

who doesn’t have all the lingo and the rules,

he just knows someone is hurt,

doesn’t matter that the Jews and Samaritans

usually don’t get along,

he’s got a conscience, so he lends a hand,

he goes over what is expected of him,

cuz he’s just doing it to do it

you know?

There’s no expectation of reward.

And the “dead” man gets better and the Samaritan goes on his way

and who knows if they see each other again,

it’s not about anything more than doing the right thing.

We only have the moment.

Sure, we can brush it off with excuses and agendas,

but we all have a call to do something good,

each person’s call is different,

but it’s there, beckoning.

Keep your ear to the Earth

and your eyes to the skies

and you’ll find it.

Do good, my friends.

In all things, do good.

Holy God, Mother & Father

Holy God,

You are Mother and Father

Jesus, my brother

other believers, my siblings

I rest within Your house

I obey Your rules

I belong to Your family

What a heritage!

What a legacy!

Teach me the stories of

those who came before me

I have all eternity

perhaps, if they have a moment,

they could tell me themselves,

tell me the stories of how they came

to know You and the adventures You took them on

and the things they learned,

and I could tell them the same.

o Mighty, Majestic Creator God

We’re all so beautiful

Made from clay and bone

Filled with the warmth of blood

pumping wildly ‘neath

the softest of skin

Our mouths breathe forth the breath

first put into by God,

the laws say nothing is lost

The power and majesty of the First Day

still surrounds us

every day.

LORD, open my eyes so I can see it

see you

see everything

angels, demons, hope life love danger

community need

let me fall to my knees and thank you

for I am in of everything

You touch

o Mighty Majestic Creator

of heaven and earth.

Call Me By My Name

God called Mary the faithful one.

God called Gideon a mighty man of valor

Both were caught by surprise.

We get so obsessed with exterior image.

God, who created us,

calls us by a name that catches us totally by surprised.

Today, listen quietly for the voice of God,

He is whispering insights into your being,

into the totality of human existence.

Will you be present and aware enough to hear

the voice of God?

 

The Secret Self

“No one will hide an extremely valuable thing in something of equal value. However, people often put things worth countless thousands into a thing worth a penny.”  -Gospel of Phillip 1:22

We stash money in mattresses and piggy banks to keep it safe. We bury treasure in the sand. In the same way, we have a soul inside this humble flesh, waiting to be brought out, to shine in the darkness of the present day.

How we all long to see it! How we celebrate when the light shines forth!

Get to know one another. Let your secret self out.

How wonderful is the light of your soul!