Tag Archives: A Spiritual Exercise

  • Oasis of peace 

    Six Steps of Meditative Prayer  Step 1: Choose an appropriate location. Most people find that meditation is best in quiet, uncluttered surroundings, ideally away from where they work or spend most of their waking hours. A secluded spot outside can be especially conducive. Fresh air not only renews us physically, but it also helps to […]

  • Past and future 

    The New Year is a great time to take stock of the past year and set goals for the next. Here’s a spiritual exercise to that end. (You will need one large candle and one small one.) Begin by lighting the large candle, which represents Jesus, the light of the world. Read and think about […]

  • The Goodness of God

    The goodness of God endures continually.—Psalm 52:1 Good things show up in our lives in a myriad of ways: friends and family, health and happiness, a roof overhead and food on the table, the enjoyment we derive from music, art, and literature. The Bible teaches us that God is the origin of these blessings. “God’s […]

  • The Unsung Hero

    The story of the boy who gave his lunch to the disciples to share with the multitude is well known.1 Jesus took the two small loaves and five fishes, blessed the food which was multiplied miraculously, and thousands of hungry people were satisfied. Who was the little boy? What was his name? What was the […]

  • Morning Calm

    The Bible contains a lot of guidance for how to spend our time and energy: We’re to love and help others,1 share the good news of God’s love,2 and apply ourselves in our work,3 to name a few. But the Bible also teaches that sometimes it is best to stay put and let God work […]

  • 5 Senses Thanksgiving

    Every day is filled with happy moments that we could thank God for, if we paused to acknowledge them. This thanksgiving exercise is based on what we perceive through our five traditional senses. Sight Many things are beautiful to behold, whether natural sights such as trees and flowers, created works such as art and architecture, […]

  • Let Me Count The Ways

    In one of her most famous poems, Elizabeth Barrett Browning penned a beautiful declaration of love that started like this: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach. These words are a gentle echo of another expression of love. […]

  • Day by day

    Life is often pictured as a journey. Step-by-step, day-by-day, we travel along a road that is uniquely ours. Although we sometimes share our joys and griefs with others we meet along the way, nobody else’s journey is exactly the same. The one thing that we do have in common, however, is the possibility of a […]