Prayer for the New Year

A Prayer of Faith

 We trust that beyond absence there is a presence.
That beyond the pain there can be healing.
That beyond the brokeness there can be wholeness.
That beyond the anger there may be peace.
That beyond the hurting there may be forgiveness.
That beyond the silence there may be the word.
That beyond the word there may be understanding.
That through understanding there is love.

                                                                                                            Author Unknown

The Ebb and Flow of Life

A Meditative Morsel

Life review is a common spiritual practice in which I lead my hospice patients.  It is an opportunity for them to tell me about such things as their childhood, career,  time spent as a parent, or their adventures through life.  Often life review becomes a pathway to healing those lingering regrets, deep guilt, or broken relationships.  Ultimately, it is a practice that can lead to the acceptance of one’s mortality and embracement of his or her belief in what comes after death. I found this  quote recently which seemed to reflect this aspect of my work beautifully!

Whatever your beliefs, may you be at peace with the ebb and flow of your life.


“We see the water of a river

flowing uninterruptedly and passing away,

And all that floats on its surface—

rubbish or beams of trees—

all passes by.

Christian!  So it is with our life…

I was an infant, and that time has gone.

I was an adolescent, that that too has passed.

I was a young man, and that is also far behind me.

The strong and mature man that I was is no more.

My hair turns white, I succumb to age, but that too passes away;

I approach the end and will go the way of all flesh.

I was born in order to die.

I die that I may live.

Remember me, O Lord, in thy Kingdom!”

Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, Bishop of Voronezh



By What Rules Do You Live?

A Meditative Morsel…

Copied from a Bible study class for parents recently, I began our time together by soliciting from the moms and dads one rule that they try to live by.

Great rules were shared: take a sabbath day from gadgets, grocery shop within a budget, and spend more intentional time with one’s children were just a few.

We then looked at the 10 commandments from Exodus 20.  I must admit, I had fun breaking them into diads and triad to see which of the commandments they could recall from memory.  “Thou shalt not stone thy neighbor” was a creative version, I suppose, of “Thou shalt not kill.”

Here is a wonderful 21st Century version of the 10 Commandment for you to ponder. (Copied from the Religious Tolerance Website)

Ten Commandments for the Third Millennium:Written by a person who would prefer to remain anonymous. It is obviously a religiously inclusive restatement of the Biblical Ten Commandments which would be acceptable to followers of most religions and to secularists as well:
  1. Respect and worship any deity within your faith tradition, if you follow one. Value and support the right of others to do the same.
  2.  Enjoy and support legal guarantees of freedom of religious belief, religious practice, assembly and speech for all.
  3.  Do not use obscene speech in the name of the deities of any religion.
  4.  Follow the guidance of your faith or secular tradition every day of the week, because every day is important.
  5.  Help to establish social safety nets so that the very young, the elderly, the sick, mentally ill, physically disabled, unemployed, poor and broken will receive adequate medical attention and enjoy at least a minimum standard of living.
  6. Minimize the harm you do to others and yourself. Treat others as you would wish to be treated.
  7. Do not engage in sexual activity with another person, which is coercive, unsafe, manipulative, public, or outside of a committed monogamous relationship.
  8. Do not steal the property of others, except in case of emergency (and then only if you attempt to replace or pay for it later).
  9. Do not lie, either in or out of court. Be honest and truthful at all times.
  10. Attempt to be satisfied with your current standard of living; do not obsess over the possessions of others; that path leads to unhappiness.


So…By what rules do YOU live?

(And how’s that working for you? 😉 )

When searching for a religious/spiritual place to call home…

“If religion becomes a cause of dislike, hatred and division,it were better to be without it, and to withdraw from such a religion would be a truly religious act. For it is clear that the purpose of a remedy is to cure; but if the remedy should only aggravate the complaint it had better be left alone.”

— ‘Abdu’l-Baha —

More stillness.

A Meditative Morsel to follow your Spiritual Prescription to Embrace Silence:

Sloooooowly read the scripture below from Psalm 46:10.

Allow the words to sink in.

Be open to the images or thoughts that come to mind with each line.

Do any feelings or questions arise?

Try emphasizing a different word with each line.

Pause…. before moving on to the next line.

Breathe deeply.

Repeat each line as you feel drawn, even speak them out loud if you wish.

Take… your… time…

Be still and know that I am God…

Be still and know that I am…

Be still and know…

Be still…


On your spiritual journey may you learn to slow down and to love stillness.   I pray you discover in the silence that which gives you strength and can illuminate your path.

Be still—listen to and observe the wonder, beauty and holiness all around us–-and know that you are not alone.