For Calling The Spirit Back~by Joy Harjo Put down that bag of potato chips, that white bread, that bottle of pop. Turn off that cellphone, computer, and remote control. Open the door, then close it behind you. Take a breath offered by friendly winds. They travel the Earth gathering essences of plants to clean. Give … Continue reading

100 Reasons to be Grateful Today

Menu Announcement: Wish you could change the past? Learn to let go and create a life you love with the Tiny Buddha course! 100 Reasons to be Grateful Today By Daniel Dowling “Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” ~Fred De Witt Van Amburgh I began my gratitude practice at … Continue reading 100 Reasons to be Grateful Today

too busy not to go to church

I rejected God, and the whole church deal for ages. In the past couple of years, though, something in my brain has shifted. I still have issues with “organized” religion, but I know for a fact, especially given my history (spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and alcoholism) that I would not still be on this earth had there not been some sort of divine intervention at some point in the past forty-seven (yikes!) years. I have seriously given joining the Morristown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (MUUF in Morristown, NJ), a lot of thought of late. And with that said, I am once again off to church on this rainy Sunday, and grateful as hell to be able to go.

Derek Maul: Words and Photographs for the Journey

This has been a busy week; then it ran right into even busier weekend. And the work/fun is not anywhere near over yet.

That’s one reason I’m looking forward to church at WFPC Sunday morning. You see, church isn’t something I fit in when I’m not too busy; it’s something that rests, restores, and rejuvenates so I can deal with “busy” more creatively, in a more peaceable fashion, and with more joy.

So I’m not too busy to go to church; I’m too busy not to.

BUT WHAT IF YOU’RE “OVER” CHURCH? A friend reminded me this week that many people he knows may be open to Jesus, but they’re disenchanted with religion and pretty-much “done” with church. Maybe that’s you?

It turns out that I do a fair job when it comes to communicating faith… sometimes. But other times I use churchy language, and “insider” terminology, and tell “I’m-so-holy-you-might-want-to-shield-your-eyes” stories…

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