Living Into Our Sacred Space
Introduction and Overview sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com What would you do if you had forty days to live? Would you give something up? Would you add something to enrich your spiritual life? Would you change how you spent your time? Would you reach out to…
Ash Wednesday: Practice Letting Go sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth: Grant that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence, that we may remember that it is only by your gracious gift…
Practice: Welcoming Words sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com We all have words. Words may be spoken, or written. Words may remain stuck in our own heads, or form in images and dreams that we can only hear when we still our bodies and quiet our thoughts. Word…
Practice: Learning by Doing sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com When was the last time you learned to do something completely new?  Even if it was years ago, there is likely one thing that stands out: the need for practice. For me (and I suspect for others) the…
Practice: Kindness sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ― Desmond Tutu Here in Virginia, it has been a snowy week with a lot of voice…
Wait<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Mark 1:9-15 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit des…
Wait: Being &quot;Not Busy&quot;<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com One of the things that I hear all too often is “…I know you’re busy, but…” I might hide it on the outside, but inside I let out a huge sigh whenever I hear it.  I&#821…
Wait: Words will Emerge<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com If you were a follower of last year’s “Sacred Space” you may recall that one of the weekly practices we did together was to practice writing short, acrostic poems on each weekly t…
Wait: Delayed Gratification<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Some of you may have encountered “The Marshmallow Test” which was an experiment conducted in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s by Stanford University psychologist Walter…
Wait: Inner Wilderness<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com …and the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. I was intr…
Wait: Selah<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com The daily Lectionary readings for this week include sections of Psalm 77.  I have been reading this psalm during the week as a lyrical remembrance of a human-divine conversation.  So often, we wait…
Wait: What are you waiting for?<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com The one question that we haven’t asked directly yet this week is the one that we probably ask ourselves the most frequently:  what are you waiting for? There are a few ways to think about thi…
Follow<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Mark 8:31-38 Then Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after th…
Follow: Catching Up<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com One of the realities of “Following” is that sometimes we need encouragement to catch up.  We’ll be forging ahead throughout the week and exploring what it means to &#822…
Follow: #FollowMe<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Before I compose any of these virtual faith formation blog posts, there is a period of time where I sit with each week’s theme.  Sometimes, I go back to the Lectionary and read the verses whe…
Follow: Dance of Leading and Following<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Today’s metaphor for following comes from dance.  In ballroom dancing, there is a balanced relationship between leading and following that is absolutely essential to the art form.  Both the &…
Follow: Words of My Heart<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Psalm 19The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork.Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.There is no speech, nor…
Rebuild<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com John 2:13-22 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making…
Rebuild: Justice from Inequity<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com This weekend, there has been rich news coverage (and an inspirational Presidential speech) honoring the 50th Anniversary of the historic civil rights march in Selma.  While we have come so far…
Rebuild: Fear and Courage Join Hands<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Shared from The Iona Community; A Prayer for Lent 3 We believe that God is present in the darkness before dawn; in the waiting and uncertainty where fear and courage join hands, conflict and caring…
Rebuild: Hope from Fear<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Today’s reflection continues to rebuild hope from the state of fear and powerlessness that can sometimes seem insurmountable.  When I have held this idea of rebuilding hope from fear, it was …
Rebuild: Structures from Sacrifice<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com I have to admit that for a long time, I had difficulty with the Gospel passage of Jesus overturning tables in the Temple.  I’m non-violent by nature, so I am always working to find a peaceabl…
Rebuild: From the Core<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com This week, we have been focusing on rebuilding.  One of the assumptions we carry is that there is always something to rebuild from.  But what is that core?  This very poignant story …
Rebuild: In Your Own Words<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com This week’s theme of rebuilding has visited many aspects of challenge and growth that are a part of our lives.  Today, our Lenten practice is to form words of challenge and growth togeth…
Enlighten<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com John 3:14-21Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For …
Enlighten: Beyond Ourselves<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com “God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall, go to the limits of your longing. …
Enlighten: Beannacht<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com A Blessing, especially for St. Patrick’s Day: Today, enjoy this poem and blessing from the late poet and priest John O’Donohue.  The blessing follows in words, images, and if you f…
Enlighten: Prayer for Peace<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Many of us know this prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: Lord make me an instrument of your peace Where there is hatred, Let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt…
Enlighten: Be Ablaze<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Today’s inspiration is drawn from Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)”A Song to Mary”You glowing,most green,verdant sprout,In the movement of the spirit,in the midst of wis…
Enlighten: Beyond Ourselves<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Today, I will close this series of images and reflections from Grace Cathedral with a personal story about my first and lasting connection living into this particular sacred space.The AIDS Interfai…
Enlighten: Deep in the Quiet Wood<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Deep in the Quiet Wood by:  James Weldon Johnson Are you bowed down in heart? Do you but hear the clashing discords and the din of life? Then come away, come to the peaceful wood, Here bathe y…
Serve<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com John 12:20-33Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.&#822…
Serve: Hands Unfolded<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com I was in my car driving on Friday when this story aired.  Story Corps is always one of my favorite features on NPR because of the authentic, everyday human experiences that cut through to the …
Serve: Speak for the Poor and Oppressed<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com    Today, we honor Oscar A. Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, in El Salvador, who was assassinated on March 24, 1980 while celebrating Mass in a small chapel in a cancer hospi…
Serve: Ripples of Kindness<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com This weekend at St. Thomas, I was talking with another member of the altar guild as she was diligently polishing the brass alms basins.  She told me the story of how, many years ago, she was traine…
Serve: Plant a Row<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Happy Abundant Thursday! Whenever I wake up on Thursday mornings, the first thing I think of is our food pantry.  And the first thing I do after that is pray for abundance.  In the past two years t…
Serve: Radical Hospitality<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if …
Serve: Wise Words<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com As this week comes to a close, my own thoughts on service compelled me to revisit the words from the Gospel that began this theme:  “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where…
Entering Holy Week<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com Tomorrow, as we enter Jerusalem triumphantly with Jesus on Palm Sunday, we also enter into Holy Week.  This Sunday is when palms are waving, shouts ring out “Hosanna!” and crowds p…
Palm Sunday<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com John 12:12-16 “The great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! …
Monday in Holy Week<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com John 12:1-8 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those …
Tuesday in Holy Week<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com John 12:27-36   “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say– `Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify yo…
Wednesday in Holy Week<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com John 13:21-32 At supper with his friends, Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.” The disciples looked at one another, uncertain…
Maundy Thursday<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com John 13: 31b-35   Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will g…
Good Friday<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com John 19:25-30 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple who…
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com John 19:38-42 After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate …
Easter<br /> sacredspaceatstthomas.wordpress.com John 20: 9-18…But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one a…

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