Monthly Archives: February 2007

From Henri Nouwen

Bringing Our Secrets into the Light

We all have our secrets: thoughts, memories, feelings that we keep to ourselves. Often we think, “If people knew what I feel or think, they would not love me.” These carefully kept secrets can do us much harm. They can make us feel guilty or ashamed and may lead us to self-rejection, depression, and even suicidal thoughts and actions.

One of the most important things we can do with our secrets is to share them in a safe place, with people we trust. When we have a good way to bring our secrets into the light and can look at them with others, we will quickly discover that we are not alone with our secrets and that our trusting friends will love us more deeply and more intimately than before. Bringing our secrets into the light creates community and inner healing. As a result of sharing secrets, not only will others love us better but we will love ourselves more fully.

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Women's Retreat 2007

Got back from the women’s retreat.  We drove out in a bit of a storm but I think we got to our destination well before the worst of it.  The lodge has a huge gas fireplace and we sat in front of it while outside we could see snow swirling around in the lights.  It felt cozy.

 

It was good to be there.  The weekend was relaxed and the theme was incredibly well thought out – what wasn’t thought out ahead and happened anyway – well God seems to have a way of making things come together sometimes. 

We learned about bridges – all kinds; over water, between people and between God and us.  Lauralea  and the committee she was on worked hard in the preparation and I for one don’t mind taking off my hat (if I wore one) to her creativity and hard work that helped pull off a fantastic weekend.  There was rest for our souls and food for our minds. 

 

Food for our bodies was also good – soft tacos, yum.  Ham and baked potatoes.  It was all good.

 

Melody McNeilly from the Salvation Army shared with us too.  She challenged us to get out there and start building bridges as well as some projects they are looking to start to do that – things we may be able to get involved in too.

 

I needed this weekend.  Last week was hard emotionally and I needed women that I trust and love for some extra support.  I’m glad God has given me friends like them. 

 

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Off and running

Well actually I am driving; glad to have a four wheel drive in this weather.  Off to our annual church women’s retreat.

I thought that the groundhog SAW his shadow!

I have prepared the compline for the evening vespers.  We will be reading them at about 10 pm.  Read with us if you would like.

Well actually I am driving; glad to have a four wheel drive in this weather.  Off to our annual church women’s retreat.

I thought that the groundhog SAW his shadow!

I have prepared the compline for the evening vespers.  We will be reading them at about 10 pm.  Read with us if you would like.

* O Lord, You will keep us safe
and protect us forever.

I am placing my soul and my body
in Thy safe keeping this night, O God,
in Thy safe keeping, O Jesus Christ,
in Thy safe keeping, O Spirit of perfect truth.
The Three who would defend my cause
be keeping me this night from harm.

* I call on You, O God,
for You will answer me;
give ear to me and hear my prayer.

* Show the wonder of Your great love,
You who save by Your right hand
those who take refuge in You from their foes.

* Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings.

Lighten my darkness, Lord.
Let the light of Your presence
dispel the shadows of night.

* Christ with me sleeping,
Christ with me waking,
Christ with me watching,
each day and each night.

* Save us, Lord, while we are awake,
guard us while we are asleep;
that, awake, we may watch with Christ,
and, asleep, may rest in His peace.

God with me protecting,
the Lord with me directing,
the Spirit with me strengthening
for ever and for evermore.

The Lords Prayer  (from http://www.jesuscreed.org/)

Because we love God, we say:

Our Father who art in heaven,

Because loving God means that we yearn for God to make his glory known, we say:

Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Because loving God means we love others as God loves others, we long for all to have the necessities of life, and we say:

Give us this day our daily bread.

Because we love others, we seek to unleash God’s grace of forgiveness and say:

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Because we love others, we long that they will love and live God’s will, so we say:

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Because we love God, and because we love others, we lift our hearts to God and say:

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. Forever and ever. Amen.

We say this today because we love God and love others.

* In the name of the Father precious,
and of the Spirit of healing balm.
In the name of the Lord Jesus,
I lay me down to rest.

The peace of all peace
be mine this night
+ in the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

From: http://www.northumbriacommunity.org/PraytheOffice/ComplinePages/6fridaycompline.html                                         

 

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Loving Children

Loving children requires a life time of patience and the help of everyone you know.  A good friend is mandatory and the more good friends the better. 

This morning the hug of a good friend carried with it a good dose of the healing from God that I have come to be so dependant on. 

God knows my hurts and walks with me through these times but it is good to put flesh on that love from God. 

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Women and Spirituality 3

As part of my personal interest study for the Spiritual Direction program, I attended a seminar on Sexuality and Spirituality at Queen’s House in Saskatoon.  Kathy and Ivan Hitchings facilitated the seminar and as they did so exemplified the material taught – a wonderful relationship of equality and respect grounded in God.

 

The creation story grew in the retelling and became alive and relevant.  As we were told, “We need to reclaim our creation story.  We are co-responsible with God to protect the dignity of all having been given a responsibility for others and for the earth.”  We looked at this story for the foundations it gives to our sexuality and to our need for relationship.  

 

As part of my personal interest study for the Spiritual Direction program, I attended a seminar on Sexuality and Spirituality at Queen’s House in Saskatoon.  Kathy and Ivan Hitchings facilitated the seminar and as they did so exemplified the material taught – a wonderful relationship of equality and respect grounded in God.

 

The creation story grew in the retelling and became alive and relevant.  As we were told, “We need to reclaim our creation story.  We are co-responsible with God to protect the dignity of all having been given a responsibility for others and for the earth.”  We looked at this story for the foundations it gives to our sexuality and to our need for relationship.  

 

The first story relates how God has placed humans in the created world as male and female and the only part of creation made in the image of God.  Our task is to care for the world because God loves this good creation.

 

The second story is told from a slightly different perspective – to teach us something fundamental about God and people.  This part of the story tells how Adam comes from the land itself and how Eve comes from the life of Adam.  Apparently there are many word plays is the story that reflect the new relationship that Moses has with God, among them rib meaning life and Eve meaning giver of life.  This story tells a story full of the dignity of woman – a contrast to the view of women in the Canaanite culture around the Israelite people.  As one comes from the other, males and females are called back into unity through marriage.  This part of the story shows the relationship between humans and the earth God created: the role as namers and caregivers, the bond that unites man and woman and the intimate relationship they have with God.  We also see how the break in the relationship with God comes about and how this disrupts all parts of God’s creation.  People now are subject to death, begin to know shame, and make their own decisions without the benefit of the wisdom and vision of their creator.  

 

The retelling of the creation stories in these ways gave me a fresh look at the amazing relationship between God and the world and a new appreciation for who I am as a woman; created in God’s image, meant to be in healthy relationships including the healthy relationship I have with Leo as my husband.  

 

So here we are, two equal individuals, who find our fullest relationship in being helpers to each other, in being united in this relationship of marriage.  The commitment to each other opens us up to becoming more complete as the people God created us to be.  And it is a mystery – becoming more complete as you give of yourself to another and receive back.  

 

I cannot (and should not try to) understand my spirituality without accepting my womanhood as an integral part of my being, who I was created to be and a creation about whom God said was “excellent in every way.” Gen. 1:31 (NLT)

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I protest!

I have a major character flaw, trait or whatever you want to call it.  I love freedom.  I hate anyone telling me what to do.  I hate being challenged and told I can’t do something.  I can’t stand having my freedom cramped.
 
I really rebel against stuff that I am legislated to do.  If it is good why can’t I choose to do the right thing? Why does some government organization have to make up all sorts of rules that tell me how I have to do the right thing?  
 
Sometimes I wonder if, as a result of having to do things by legislation, we will forget our common sense and good manners, if we will get to the point where unless we are told, we won’t do things.  Maybe even forget that we can do things without being told.
 
I handle sharps all day – but I have to take a course to tell me how?  What an insult to the training we received to become medical personnel.  I control bleeding every day but I am told that I must take a course to learn how to do this?  What a waste of time and resources.  We did learn something in school and in residencies.
 
It seems to me that if these are essential to safely running a dental office then our training institutions had better make sure that this is one of the things on the official list that we are qualified to do.
 
I had a bad day.  Some things really tic me off.  Therefore I rant.  I still have freedom to do that.

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Suspended

And I guess our beam is- suspended. 

 

The kitchen should be a go.

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