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Meditation Exercise

Today’s Reflection

Sitting in Solitude
IN A QUIET PLACE where you can be alone, focus on one thing: a bird at the feeder, the ripples on a watery surface, the shape of a cloud, a favorite icon, a cross at the altar, even your own hand. Allow your breathing to become progressively slower and deeper until you relax to a pace that permits listening for God’s guidance. Don’t try to direct or manipulate your thoughts; simply allow yourself to be in God’s presence, using the object you’ve selected to guide you into a sense of peace, a surprising insight, or wherever it might lead you.

Praying in the Messiness of Life

From page 67 of Praying in the Messiness of Life: 7 Ways to Renew Your Relationship with God by Linda Douty. Copyright © 2011 by Linda Douty. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Practice the meditation exercise described above. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Matthew 13:8, NRSV

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This week we remember: Kateri Tekakwitha (July 14).

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  • Igor Evgen July 16, 2017, 3:31 am


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    The subject is Q & A – Christian Communion in Questions & Answers.
    Q & A comprises 2 parts, 200 articles, 73.100 words.

    Since I have been Christian the Communion with my co-Workers in Christ is my strong desire. Why? Because what the LORD our GOD reveals is very seldom something personal, but much more often addressed to the Church through ourselves.

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  • Jill July 16, 2017, 5:23 am

    Sitting in stillness and entering into God’s Presence is challenging to me. To not have a thought, but to merely remain is such a change of pace. And upon recognition of wandering thoughts, I become frustrated and usually give up, move on. My spiritual director encourages me to just return to “my space of stillness” – but it is a challenge.
    Super grateful that my arm endured my tennis match yesterday without re-straining. I was very mindful to be cautious and am encouraged with the progress. Going to give it a few days rest and play again with my team on Tuesday evening.
    Attended my student teacher’s (from a year ago) wedding last evening. She and her husband are very devout Catholics and very involved in volunteering. They are really perfect for each other and it was so nice to see them.
    Worship blessings to the UR family this morning.
    Still thinking of Rusty and K.

  • Julie July 16, 2017, 7:59 am

    Jill, what a happy blessing that your arm has healed. God is good.
    I,too, find it difficult to cease acivity both physical and mental and lean into God. However, I have read that we are not to become frustrated with ourselves when stray thoughts enter our minds. We should acknowledge them and say to ourselves that we will revisit these thoughts later and direct our minds back to God or whatever we are focusing n even if complete stillness.
    Also, have been wondering about Rusty and K but also Lou.
    Robert, hope move is progressing well.
    Blessings to all the UR family of supporters and friends.

  • robert moeller July 17, 2017, 5:07 pm

    Thankful the move has gone very smoothly. Yes, I too miss Rusty and K. Lou still posts. Thanksgiving for Jill’s arm and parents, prayers for Julie, Betsy and Grace, Mary and her Mom.

    Erich needed and got a break today, came home 3 hours early. Two days off soon.

    Thankful neighbors have made a good move to a nice apartment. Finnegan, their son, has a nice room of his own.

    Blessings to the UR family, a very helpful place at any time.

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