How Does Calling The Pandemic “COVIDtide” Change Its Power?

Looking for ways to get your mind and soul ready for Lent? Join us Sat, Feb 20, for an online retreat! January 13, 2021Rev. Carmala Aderman Changing The Name Changes My Expectations I was emailing a pastor/spiritual director friend a few months ago. In his response, he wrote something like “and I hope you areContinue reading “How Does Calling The Pandemic “COVIDtide” Change Its Power?”

Why Does It Matter That God Is With Us Now?

Epiphany Day Jan 6, 2021Gloria Austerberry, Certified Spiritual Director    We’re aware of elements in nature changing form It is not every day we get rain from ice, but it happens.  Do you remember a day like this?  A fall shower froze, coating everything with ice.  Two days later, without a cloud in the sky, brightContinue reading “Why Does It Matter That God Is With Us Now?”

Kissing The Face of God–And Seeing God’s Face In Each Other

by The Rev. Patricia Stetson-Warning, Certified Spiritual DirectorDecember 23, 2020 God is not invisible. We can see the face of God. One of our beloved songs of the Christmas Season is Mary did you know? The words, Mary did you know that when you kissed your little baby, you kissed the face of God? areContinue reading “Kissing The Face of God–And Seeing God’s Face In Each Other”

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”