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November 2009

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is tomorrow.

Are you ready for it?

Or even better, are you ready for it today?

Everyday is a holiday. It’s up to you. Always has been. Always will be.

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November 2009

Dear God, Am I Greedy?

Dear God, where are you?

Don’t you have anything to say?

Why won’t you listen?

And why don’t you answer my prayers?

Maybe we are greedy. Maybe, just maybe….

“To do all the talking and not be willing to listen is a form of greed.”Democritus of Abdera

Be still. Be quiet. Listen. God’s presence surrounds us. Every minute of every day.

Whether we listen or not.

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November 2009

What Inspires You?

What inspires you to pray?

To give thanks?

To help others?

To help yourself?

If ever there are times when we ask, “Where’s God, I’m not feeling close to God, where is God?”

Humbly, and I must emphasize the word humbly, may I leave this unknown quote for you to contemplate?

“If you don’t feel close to God, guess who moved?”

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November 2009

The First Ministry

The first ministry starts at home. Not sure where I first heard those words. But they seem to make sense.

How often am I tempted to want to do this helpful thing or volunteer for that important thing? Often, right?

Sometimes, well, I feel like I need to stop, catch my breath, focus for a minute and say the magic word, “No.”

Today is one of those days.

Was feeling guilty until I realized that saying “no” to one thing, means “yes” to my Family.

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November 2009

To Think is to Learn twice

Thinking is one of the hardest things to do, which is why many people spend so little time doing it. I’m not talking about routine thinking, like what to pick up at the grocery store.

Thinking, as in deep thinking. Self-reflection thinking. Contemplation. Self-examination. Questioning.

Challenging thinking. Painful thinking. Honest thinking. Uncomfortable thinking.

Spiritual thinking. Which, if we are lucky, will lead to prayer – and conversations with God.

Doing this, the difficult thinking, will actually lead to learning something twice. But the second time around, we come to understand it and not just know it.