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Back burner relationships – neglect

By Dave Henning / November 14, 2021

“Our friends and family members rarely shout the loudest to demand our attention, and so it can be tempting for us to place those relationships on the back burner.  But if we neglect the people we ought to care about most, we may find that when crisis hits, and we need the support of our […]

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A faithful friend = a sturdy shelter

By Dave Henning / November 13, 2021

“There is nothing in this world so precious as a faithful friend and no scales can measure his [or her] excellence.  A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter, a fortified palace. . . .  This is truly a gift from God and clearly more than we deserve.”- Gregory of Nazianzus “You didn’t choose me.  I […]

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Grace of humility – discipline of service

By Dave Henning / November 12, 2021

“More than any other single way, the grace of humility is worked into our lives through the discipline of service. . . .  Nothing disciplines the inordinate desires of the flesh like service, and nothing transforms the desires of the flesh like serving in hiddenness.  The flesh whines against service, but screams against hidden service.  […]

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A disadvantage to being generous?

By Dave Henning / November 11, 2021

“With God, there is never a disadvantage to being generous.  Though generosity may not make sense logically, it makes sense theo-logically, because I know from experience and as Scripture tells us over and over again, God is faithful.”- Ken Shigematsu “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above […]

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Giving thanks on a regular basis

By Dave Henning / November 10, 2021

“When we pursue giving thanks on a regular basis, it is not as if more good things are coming into our lives.  Rather, our minds are primed to notice good things, and so we become more grateful, joyful, and content — even though nothing around us has actually changed.”- Ken Shigematsu Ken Shigematsu concludes Chapter […]

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Chase extraordinary moments?

By Dave Henning / November 9, 2021

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness — it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”- Brene Brown “It’s not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”- David Steindl-Rast Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No […]

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Embrace what gives life – Sabbath rest

By Dave Henning / November 8, 2021

“[Sabbath is a day to] cease from what is necessary and embrace what gives life. . . .  to lay hold of whatever you’ve put off, and pushed away through lack of time, lack of room, lack of breath; it’s a day to shuck the have-to’s , and lay hold of the get-to’s.“- Mark Buchanan, […]

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Begin our weeks at rest – a calling

By Dave Henning / November 7, 2021

“We are called to begin our weeks at rest by receiving the gift of the Sabbath.  When we honor this invitation, we work from a place of rest, rather than desperately need to rest from our work.”- Ken Shigematsu (emphasis author’s) “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat […]

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An act of resistance – celebrate the Sabbath

By Dave Henning / November 6, 2021

“In our own contemporary context of the rat race of anxiety, the celebration of Sabbath is an act of both resistance and alternative.  It is resistance because it is a visible insistence that our lives are not defined by production and commodity goods.”- Walter Brueggemann, Sabbath as Resistance (2014) In Chapter 5 (“Sabbath: The Rhythm […]

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Depleted selves or gifted selves to offer

By Dave Henning / November 5, 2021

“Though taking ten or twenty minutes to meditate may seem like a self-indulgent luxury, without it we will only have our distracted, depleted selves to offer.  A practice that centers us, refreshes us, and enables us to offer more of ourselves to God and others is wise stewardship of the only gift — the gift […]

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Focused activity helps still the mind

By Dave Henning / November 4, 2021

“For some people, a focused activity can help still their mind — such as taking a drive down a long stretch of road with few traffic lights or other cars, walking, knitting, or making bread . .  . what St. Augustine calls solvitar ambulando: ‘It is solved by walking.’ “- Ken Shigematsu In Chapter 4 […]

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Grain of our character – embrace spiritual practices

By Dave Henning / November 3, 2021

“We need to embrace the spiritual practices consistent with the grain of our character.  Ideally, these practices will meet our deepest joy and our deepest need.  As with physical exercise, if our spiritual exercises are life-giving, they will become sustainable and even enjoyable over time.”- Ken Shigematsu (emphasis author’s) Ken Shigematsu concludes Chapter 3 of […]

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