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  1. November 5, 2008 5:17 pm

    It might…can’t tell

  2. November 5, 2008 10:31 pm

    Now I can see it! I’m at a similar place (52 yrs old.) and facing similar issues with time (Three nearly full-time jobs and taking 15 hours of college). My doses of sanity/serenity comes from 1. making myself (Ashamed to say so) pause to pray the hours in a personalized/abbreviated format (http://mikesnavigatio.blogspot.com/), 2. Surfing by myself or with a few friends — something about being in the water before the sun comes up is calming, and 3) Moving away from “paid professional ministry.” This has been a major source of hurriedness for me. I want to get to the place where I can actually seek to be the presence of Christ to those around me instead of just keeping the machine running. That’s what I’m back in school about — part of the problem is part of the solution — I’m trying to finish a Psych degree. I’d like to be a part of the Spiritual Direction groups that DAve does but time and distance don’t allow it right now. I’m looking for other ways to approach this closer to where I live. I probably need a lot more slowing down before I seek to provide spiritual direction for anyone.

  3. Rambo permalink
    November 13, 2008 9:29 pm

    One of the benefits of being connected with a mainline church is that our sanctuary rocks old school. First, it’s an old Episcopal church that we baptists bought, so it’s got great wood and an intimate vibe to it. But when you sit in the center section you look up into a stain glass window of Jesus with his hands and arms open, as if to say: “do you need a hug?” When I need to decompress, to slow, to pray with some real honesty and emotion, that’s where I go. Why I don’t do that everyday is a reflection of my brokenness and stubborn belief I can make my own way. Stupid, but then… Anyway, my friend, that’s what I do to kick it down a notch or two. peace

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