A Prayer for Community#
'Cultures of gratitude must also be cultures of reciprocity'.
'Cultures of gratitude must also be cultures of reciprocity'.
True living begins with seeing ourselves as we are and not as we should be. The son got up and went to his father.
From Wales to Washington, from Manila to Moldova Valentine's Day steals hearts and lights souls. Valentine's Day enters the calendar from the earliest Christian traditions.
And the good Lord would say to those willing to stop and to listen: Label Me as your 'lover'. I AM the ONLY righteous lover to mankind.
I stand on a beach. The ocean is before me stretching out to the next continent.
Jesus cares for sheep, especially the lonely and lost ones. Satan sees Jesus as his competitor for the weak and lost sheep. Jesus and satan are complete opposites.
At a terrifying rate faithfulness is abandoned, and obedience jettisoned. The proposition for obedience is uncomplicated, no higher intellect required: I direct my life or He does.
Where is the soft spirit, the quiet eyes or the easy touch of warm support? Scanning the tabloids, listening to the daily news or watching soul-numbing sitcoms there appears little room...
Though the Lord is on high He looks upon the lowly. . .
Dishevelled, distressed and stupefied may have been what any common passerby saw of Brennan Manning at various times; yet this man through his worst wit's ends would bring many others...
We strive to be prayerful despite our weaknesses, failures and sickness in the soul.
Have we already experienced 2021? Is 2020 coming again? Take out 2020 and substitute 2021.
The anthem of a now grey-haired/balding generation eager for peace was 'make love, not war.
How does love conquer time? How is love recorded beyond any man's mortal coil? A life is captured for the next generation by its legacies.
Every now and then my memory plays a cameo lesson to me, a clever reminder for that day. This makes me surprised, yet also quite happy. Enjoy this sample.
Intimacy and busyness are rarely wed, they are unnatural partners. The following tale has often been repeated: .
Loneliness is a single rose with no vase to hug it. Loneliness is outstretched arms that close around no one. ~ anon.
The heart given to the Lord, the soul lost in the Lord always has flesh that follows.
God's ways are not as man's - fortunately. If they were He would be but as you and I - foolishly mortal and wantonly indulgent.
To the western-world of individualism that elevates personal rights and a mono-identity, it becomes a rabid foolishness to release personal rights and seek your identity by union with another.
There is a chameleon-like Old Testament prophecy - Zechariah! Judgment, justice and victory are spoken of by God through Zechariah. This book opens and closes with His tenderness.
The hunger for love resides within each human. This is to be expected, as all mankind is made in God's image; He is love.
Jesus' Father could do more contain His love to man, than Jesus could contain His devotion to His Father.
Christmas purchases account for 1/6th of all annual retail sales in the U. S. Masses of devotees are dedicated to addictive shopping. It is largely devoid of any teamwork.
Foundations are most important. They are equally as important in life as in death.
The ancient Greeks and Romans (among too many other 'societies') practised the chilling, abominable habit of exposing 'unacceptable' new-borns.
Is not the search for a superior love the compass to life? After all, mankind is first made in the image of He whose fabric is love.
Are you done with church but not with Jesus? Has church become less than civilised for your spirit as well as your soul? Does the shepherd scatter the flock; do the sheep...
The Lord knows all our needs whether we advise Him or not. He has known them forever. Without question the greatest gift of all time is God's love.
Love covers all things. When love is not present or only light upon its feet, all things are NOT covered.
The world's first global television link aired on June 25 1967.
What else can I gather, who else can I know but You? Apart from You I am empty, in Your absence I thirst As your right hand rests lightly upon me, in...
Every kindness we do to another in the name of Christ is the sowing of a good seed unto the Spirit.
Love builds resilience. When love is weak or absent so too is vigor. Love is water to the soul and nurture is peace to the spirit.
Surely goodness and mercy will warm the kind soul all the days of their life? Kindness in words create grace. Kindness in thought creates depth.
Littering each day's paths are the morsels of earth's offerings. They distract our eyes, claim our hearts and trip our feet.
Tim lived life in an orphanage. He was a bright and friendly little bloke.
Love has been placed upon a pedestal. Mankind has ordained it to a role love cannot fill.
Young hearts are tender hearts. They are to be shaped ever so softly. . . Tears welled in his tiny blue eyes.
Lovers do not care to share their lover. The heart in love yearns to give to, and share their lover's full attention.
Hearts are melted, hearts are worn, heart are soothed or hearts are torn. Love can be as constructive as its loss can be destructive.
Love is kind. Patience is its delight. Humility is its milk of care. Lust is a bully. It screams and yells. Demands and commands - yet love won't.
Three centuries ago the firebrand pulpiteer Jonathon Edwards melted pride and chastened souls with his timeless sermon - Sinners in the Hands of an angry God.
Headlong the unattended infant ran into an oncoming Toyota. He had played happily alone for some time on a grass verge.
As Jesus went along, He saw a man blind from birth.
Love should be the soul-stirring poetry across each and every day. But it is not.
There is a loveless pandemic, rarely addressed, but multiplying daily. Jesus foretold that the love of most would grow cold in the end times.
God gave no thought to create His precious children and stand back, to simply gaze at us in some remote besotted manner from a distance.
The heaven's contain a perfect heart shaped hole. It is where God's love tore the skies apart above Calvary.
Once upon a time (about three centuries ago really) the firebrand pulpiteer Jonathon Edwards melted pride and chastened souls with his timeless sermon - Sinners in the hands of an...
To mature in tenderness - is this even conceivable? Have you ever registered another's unspoken plea for tenderness or peered into torn eyes? Or just maybe you have hungered for tenderness as a...
My religion, my music, my spirit, and even my childhood all confirm that within life upon this planet: love is earned.
A divine anthem for the forlorn, the frail and the fallen from He who was undone first - permit these love-filled truths to wash over your soul and water your...
God's intentions for life were that it should be a journey with love. Countless people have lived otherwise and continue to do so.
Have you ever heard the bellow of blood? Blood screams for satisfaction, it flows for vengeance and demands justice. Yet the bellow of Christ's blood is love NOT retribution.
Holy Scripture cries out to us, brothers, saying: everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. . .
The know-it-alls didn't. Without any gilding of the lily Jesus hammered the loveless and self-righteous Pharisees.
There remains conflict twixt earth and heaven, between a man's body and a man's soul. This struggle is painfully evident in the redeemed soul.
Jesus would project these love truths daily upon your mind's eyes given opportunity: Love is looking into your eyes and seeing your heart. Your happiness is my happiness .
Soul Snack 150/14 . . . Circa 1967 Eric Clapton strummed The Sunshine of Your Love, countless more worldwide have since joined the chorus.
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Who holds the salve when the heart thumps and the spirit aches? Where is there a harbor of refuge for those lost to love? Where is the safe haven for the love...
Soul Snack 77/14 . . . Of learning there is no end, of lust there is no satisfaction, but from love there is life forever.
Soul Snack 60/14 . . . Past all desolations, wars, resentments and rejections - love will survive.
SoulSnack 19/14 . . . So much of what was presented to me as real in bygone days, I now see as fictitious.
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SOUL SNACK 129/13 . . . The Cry for Love To grasp God as love is to lay hold of His eternally good intentions.
SOUL SNACK 128/13 . . . To the LOVE HUNGRY To those unwashed in love. . . To those unwanted in love. . .
Soul Snack 92/13 . . . How to empty hell! Where anger is healthy resentments are bred. Where rejection is delivered withdrawal is chosen. Where authoritarianism rules, rebellion rises.
Soul Snack 53/13 . . . Learning Love For those whom love has lost. . . For those who live in love's absence. . .
Soul Snack 45/13 . . . The Love Comp Love has its competitors. There is always competition for the heart.
Soul Snack 221/12 . . . Of Judaism & Islam There is no such thing as legislated love. Love can no more be enforced than faith can be robbed.
Soul Snack 134/12 . . . The Disciples of Moses The disciples of Moses live in fine religious health to this very day.
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Soul Snack 36/12 . . . Trusting in Love If the knowledge of God cascades your entire being it will also flood your heart.
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Soul Snack 10/12 . . . The Liberty of Love Canopying western society is a marketplace that daily indoctrinates self-dissatisfaction for its own greedy ends.
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Soul Snack 187/11 . . . Private Love There is healing in love. All souls need love and almost all need healing to various degrees.
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Soul Snack 88/11 . . . An Addicted Jesus Extravagant (and errant) lifestyles are injected into our attention daily.
Soul Snack 87/11 . . . Wounded Hearts - B The heart of man is the seductive seat of decision making.
Soul Snack 86/11 . . . Wounded Hearts - A Scars and wounding are parts of all life.
Soul Snack 85/11 . . . As I've Matured I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don't get it.
Soul Snack 11/11 . . . Blind Rule Keeping For thirty-eight years, humiliation and discomfort had been this man's lot.
Soul Snack 10/11 . . . Wrestling with the Cross There is a false self and the real self.
Soul Snack 188/10 . . . Golgotha's grace There is a boisterous love that refuses to be constrained.
Soul Snack 187/10 . . . The Boundaries of Love It is in the search for love that the boundaries of a life are found.
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Soul Snack 146/13 . . . The glittering YOU! Surely nobody would be a charlatan, who could afford to be sincere.
Soul Snack 138/10 . . . Unrestrained love "Sometimes I feel diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
Soul Snack 131/10 . . . Lingering Love - BRecently I read this definition of love: . . . meeting the needs of another, sometimes at cost to ourselves.
Soul Snack 130/10 . . . Lingering Love - A Love endows goodwill and grace as the immovable sealant to relationship.
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Soul Snack 121/10 . . . Of gaping seams and tears Patched together is surely the best way to express the fabric of human lives.
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Soul Snack 96/10 . . . Unearthly love The display of unearthly love awaits all. It is available to the seeker. It is reached by the penitent.
Soul Snack 87/10 . . . Love without words "The elderly gentleman next door had recently lost his wife.
Soul Snack 76/10 . . . An asymmetrical world. The symmetry of creation is perfectly centred upon an unadulterated, unadorned and authentic life-giving love.
Soul Snack 60/10 . . . Consuming love I have forever sinned. I wish I had never sinned.
Soul Snack 9/218 . . . Living and Loving! Usually my mind is mightily consumed by the simple facts of living and planning.
Soul Snack S8 . . . Failure free love! The sharp crack of china on tiles was an unmistakeable trigger.
Soul Snack 9/200 . . . Heaven's Scalpel! Shrouded in the ghosts of her past, the present was crippled and the future bleak. Ghosts aren't fine travelling companions.
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Soul Snack 166/11 . . . Purposefully loved An eternal heart of tenderness knitted you together.
Soul Snack 8/7 . . . Heaven's HoldWhen I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O LORD, supported me. . .