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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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Spiritual exercises attune us to God’s presence

By Dave Henning / November 2, 2021

“Spiritual exercises attune us to God’s presence, acting as sticky note reminders that God is with us all the time. . . .  The practices tune us into the invisible waves of God’s loving presence. . . .  The exercises don’t offer merely a fleeting high.  They foster the deep joy of a steady, solid […]

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Fundamental problem – too weak a sense of self

By Dave Henning / October 31, 2021

“Regardless of the standard we are seeking to meet, our fundamental problem is not having too strong a sense of self but too weak a sense of self.  The path to true satisfaction is not the loss of our Striving Adam but the marriage of our ambition with the soulful satisfaction of being loved by […]

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Striving Adam and Soulful Adam

By Dave Henning / October 30, 2021

“Whether you find yourself relating more to your Striving Adam or your Soulful Adam, the unrelenting push of Western society is to feed and applaud our Striving Adam. . . .  Our ambition  to conquer, create, and control usually wins over our hunger to experience deep relationships with people and intimacy with our Creator.”- Ken […]

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A deep well of joy and gratitude

By Dave Henning / October 29, 2021

“Knowing we are deeply loved by our Creator frees us to pursue a life of significant, enduring achievement — a life not driven by fear and anxiety but one that springs from a deep well of joy and gratitude for the love and grace God has shown us.”- Ken Shigematsu In his Introduction (“Struggling with […]

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Celebration – the most important benefit

By Dave Henning / October 28, 2021

“Far and away the most important benefit of celebration is that is saves us from taking ourselves too seriously.  That is a desperately needed grace for all those who are earnest about the Spiritual Disciplines.  It is an occupational hazard of devout folks to become stuffy bores.  That should not be.  Of all people, we […]

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Daily intentionality – Growing Slow

By Dave Henning / October 27, 2021

“Growing Slow takes daily intentionality.  There’s little doubt that un-hurrying our hearts will require the breaking down of old habits and the building up of new and sustainable ones. . . .  Countering the psychology of speed demands a conscious rebellion.  Slowing down doesn’t just happen.  Until, it does, ‘just happen.’ “- Jennifer Dukes Lee […]

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