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Stay in the presence of God

I love the way you worship, I told him.
Because I did.
I enjoyed the freedom he had
to raise his hands
shout his praise
demonstrate his love of God Almighty.

I get embarrassed, I told him.
Because I do.
I worry about what others might think
if they saw me with raised hands
speaking out
demonstrating my love.

I love the way you worship, I told him.
But … How?
How do you dismiss
what others might think
what others might say
how they might react to your free expression?

He said:
Stay in the presence of God.

When your mind wanders
Stay in the presence of God.

When your heart questions
Stay in the presence of God.

When your spirit darkens
Stay in the presence of God.

When your strength fails
Stay in the presence of God.

Stay.
Where you are.
Where God is.
Hovering over you
A covering over you
Protecting you
flames will not burn you
waters will not overwhelm you.

Stay and worship.

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Cause to pause

Walking from here to there causes me to pause…
and then to consider what else bids me tarry.

prayer & meditation
sunrise & sunset
starry skies & awe

children & wonder
worship
play

dis-health & disease
caring & loving
table meals & table fellowship

phone calls
letter writing
Christmas cards

births & deaths
weddings & funerals
birthdays

These in our holding.
Hold sacred space,
common ground,
between.

Here and now is.

show me…
tell me…
teach me…

I pray.

Listening Up

IMG_1781Movement is my learning language.

Stillness is my listening language.

If I don’t listen up,¬†

my next move may teach me a hard lesson.

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