Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What is Prayer?

In his book Victorious Living, E. Stanley Jones shared this description of his experience of prayer:
". . . I mean that my lesser spirit can come into intimate, personal contact with the Spirit called God, that I can come to a common understanding with Him, can adjust my will to His will, and through the contact can find my personality heightened, enlightened, re-enforced, used.

. . . I have gone to my knees broken, all in, defeated, and have arisen, re-enforced, new and victorious.  Everything within me said I had met God."
This morning I went to prayer feeling overwhelmed with my to-do list.  Prayer did not reduce the list.  It's still burdensome, but its weight is not as great.  I turned to God in prayer, and God pushed back against the stress.  It was as if God gave me a little more breathing room.  Just enough extra space so that I can go into the day with an improved attitude.

Based on my experience, I would add to Jones' list the word "expanded".  Through prayer-contact we can find enlightenment, re-enforcement, and expansion.

May you make contact today.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Loving our Enemies: advice from the Buddhist tradition

This is a podcast from the radio show "On Being".  Two Buddhist teachers give practical advise on how to cultivate a loving attitude towards enemies.  Their advise is more psychological than religious and thus easily translated into a Christian perspective.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

44% of Nebraska public school students are low-income

The report is posted on the Southern Education Foundation website.  The Washington Post coverage of the report is available here.  When you teach on "the least of these" from Matthew 25, this report will provide you with current examples of who the least among us are in American society today.