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.”

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”

How Do You Deal With This Forced “Retreat”?

September 2, 2020 As I sit down to share my thoughts with you, my house is very noisy. I simultaneously feel lonely. Our home is fairly small and fairly busy right now. My husband, working from home, is on a conference call on a speaker phone back in the office. The baby monitor occasionally squawksContinue reading “How Do You Deal With This Forced “Retreat”?”

Use Your Eyes To “See” God

August 26, 2020Once a month, we will share a way of praying you might find helpful as you deepen your relationship with our Lord. Our first prayer practice is called Visio Divina. “Divine Seeing.” You might want to skim the article now if you’re short on time, but please come back to it when youContinue reading “Use Your Eyes To “See” God”

Is God Guiding You On a “Straight” Path or a “Directed” Path?

August 19, 2020 What does your path look like? “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge him in all of your ways and he will direct your path.” –Proverbs 3:5-6 This past week I had the opportunity to share with others how God has beenContinue reading “Is God Guiding You On a “Straight” Path or a “Directed” Path?”