Israel and Palestine are in my prayers these days after news of a shooting on the Temple Mount/Haram esh-Sharif and heightened security measures. I visited the Temple Mount for the first time this summer on a trip to Israel.
Our guide on the trip shared a helpful bit of regional geography that linked to a spiritual analogy. She said that the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee are both fed by the Jordan River.
What's different about them?
It’s summer! There are so many fun things to do. How do we know what to do each day? What is most purposeful?
One thing I like to do in the summer is to read. Stories often captivate and bring me fresh perspective, especially when I am having a tough time in life.
The other day our daughter pulled a story off the shelf. It was one about Nehemiah and how he re-builds the wall around Jerusalem. She affectionately named it, "Me and Maya!" For a helpful synopsis of the story, click here.
As I re-read this children’s story, I could see that Nehemiah encountered, deception, distraction, and discouragement. This isn't a modern phenomenon! I was refreshed and strengthened by three new insights that I gained from this story. I hope they help you.
It's a new year. It's time for cleaning closets, taking stock, and letting go of old ways of thinking. It's time for new thoughts and new actions- new modes of living.
In a conversation with a friend yesterday, we both questioned, "Are fashion and spirituality mutually exclusively?"
We had a great summer. There was a little time for writing. Here is a re-post of a piece written for the Christian Science Monitor in August. Thanks, neighbor Kent for sharing the image.