How To Pray Throughout The Day With The Symbols of Christmas

December 16, 2020Shirley Knight, Certified Spiritual Director Once a month, a spiritual director from Seeking the Spirit Within offers a type of prayer you might like to try. This month, with Christmas just a week away, we invite you to do some intentional meditation on the Christmas symbols you see all around you. Are youContinue reading “How To Pray Throughout The Day With The Symbols of Christmas”

When You’ve Got Important Issues, Who Listens To You?

December 9, 2020Terri Storer, Certified Spiritual Director We draw nearer to the birth of Jesus in this Season of Advent. I recall a time in my life when this was a time of frenetic activity. Self-imposed, as well as societal, expectations generated a long To Do list impossible to accomplish by any human being, letContinue reading “When You’ve Got Important Issues, Who Listens To You?”

“Do Not Be Afraid.” (Even When It Seems Scary)

December 2, 2020 I have a long personal history with being afraid. When I was a young girl, probably 6 or 7, I had a recurring dream that I was being chased around and around a car by a bear. At some point I would freeze in fear and that would end the dream. AsContinue reading ““Do Not Be Afraid.” (Even When It Seems Scary)”

Remember Learning To Float On Water? Prayer Can Be That Peaceful.

November 25, 2020 I first learned to swim when I was about 6 years old, and was fortunate to grow up in a town where swimming lessons were a regular part of PE in grade school.  Although I never swam competitively, I wound up back in the pool in a college aerobics class.  After breakingContinue reading “Remember Learning To Float On Water? Prayer Can Be That Peaceful.”

You First Learned To Say “Thank You” When You Were a Toddler. Now You Can Pray It.

Once a month, a spiritual director from Seeking the Spirit Within offers a type of prayer you might like to try. This month, with Thanksgiving just a week away, we invite you to do some intentional Gratitude Prayers. November 18, 2020Rev. Carmala Aderman Somebody in your life, when you were still a toddler, reminded youContinue reading “You First Learned To Say “Thank You” When You Were a Toddler. Now You Can Pray It.”

How To Find Hope In The Struggle

November 11, 2020Shirley Knight, Certified Spiritual Director A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;Our helper He amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. These words are the first lines of the hymn, A Mighty Fortress is our God.  As we sang this in worship recently, I realized again our heritage as Lutherans. Continue reading “How To Find Hope In The Struggle”

What Song Is Your Soul Singing?

15 The eyes of all wait upon thee;and thou givest them their meat in due season.16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. –Psalm 145:15-16 (KJV) The high school choir I was part of in San Francisco would attend a choral clinic of choirs from all over Northern California.  We assembled inContinue reading “What Song Is Your Soul Singing?”

Honoring Our Loved Ones: A Nod to All Saint’s Day

October 28, 2020Alissa Gunning, Certified Spiritual Director If there is one thing I’m comfortable with, it’s death. I often “joke” that I’ve been to more funerals than baby showers. Well, if it weren’t true it would be a joke. But I don’t say this in jest or out of disrespect, it just happens to beContinue reading “Honoring Our Loved Ones: A Nod to All Saint’s Day”

Sit With Nature If You Want To Sit with God.

Once a month, a spiritual director from Seeking the Spirit Within shares a type of prayer you might like to try. This month, with the beauty of autumn, we offer a practice known as “Praying with Nature.” It’s a simple prayer that can have powerful effects. Janice lives in the city and works long days.Continue reading “Sit With Nature If You Want To Sit with God.”

Can You Find Calm In Today’s “Storms”?

October 14, 2020 As I quieted myself to listen for what I might share in this devotion (unfortunately since the world has been turned upside down, that quiet time seems to happen about 4:00 a.m. when I wake up and have been unable to sleep), my mind wandered to stormy seas.  That is a littleContinue reading “Can You Find Calm In Today’s “Storms”?”