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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Communion

Communion
Daniel Berrigan, SJ


Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved man, the look on his face when the bread finally arrives. Hope that you might have baked it or bought it or even kneaded it yourself. For that look on his face, for your meeting his eyes across a piece of bread, you might be willing to lose a lot, or suffer a lot, or die a little even.

Posted on Inward/Outward today. I hope to give bread...

Friday, November 17, 2006

On the brink of Advent...

I have been writing up a preparatory lesson to teach the kids of Abbey Way about Advent; which begins in a few weeks...

(by the way... I have been hired to teach the Children's Chapel at Abbey Way Covenant Church... I can't remember if I told Blog world, yet, or not!! That is a lot of why I have been so quiet... it is a bit of a learning curve for me...) (It's been amazing, though!)

So. I got done writing my lesson and then I read my daily "Inward Outward" email. Very apropos!


What to Do in the Darkness
Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

Go slowly
Consent to it
But don't wallow in it
Know it as a place of germination
And growth
Remember the light
Take an outstretched hand if you find one
Exercise unused senses
Find the path by walking it
Practice trust
Watch for dawn

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Narrow Way

The term "the narrow way" has changed for me today.

In my past I have thought of that term in regards to a path, a journey, following Christ.

Today it is about denying the false self within me; but not killing the true self within me. Not killing the desires and dreams that God is putting within me; yet being patient to act in His time, not mine.

This is a very, narrow, knife edge of living for me. I am finding it takes an awakeness, an attention to within and without at the same time. Not throwing what is placed in my hand, and not grasping it either. This is a very narrow space in which to move... yet I hope the fruit of it will be wider than the horizons.

I hope it is a practice that I will be able to mature in and will become more and more natural to me. I hope I find the way to dance here...

Monday, November 06, 2006

Interesting...

An interesting read that I have not had time to finish yet, but wanted to pass along...

Newsweek article, "An Evangelical Identity Crisis".

Thoughts...

Thoughts so big
my mouth is
too small to
speak.

~Jaime

Thursday, November 02, 2006

To Insure or Not to Insure... That is the Question!

Innward/Outward posted an article by Rick Zemlin yesterday that intrigued me. I am grateful for his laying out his thinking on the issue of carrying health insurance or not.

I have had thoughts similar to his... but I have yet to act on them... (having a family attached to this issue makes it much more complicated).

When I have expressed my desire to live "insurance-less" I have received the same reaction that he had. Anxiety and fear from people and people looking at me like an crazy idealist who can't live that way.

For me, one complication also, is that I have my ear problems. The would be a major medical upkeep and at anytime I could be sent in to surgery if they get worse... which is really only a matter of time... that is why my husband and I opted out of what Rick is presenting, for the time being...

Sometimes we have been without health insurance and we found it better... my brother also spent time without it and he definitely experienced things like Doctors helping out by giving samples of medicines and other things to help with no insurance.

I want to look into some of the alternative solutions that he has engaged in this issue and see if they are viable in our case...

I think insurance cripples us more than we know...

What do you guys think?