Wisdom For Your Week: A Memorial Day Remembrance by Walt Whitman

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Dirge for Two Veterans

Walt Whitman, 1867

The last sunbeam Lightly falls from the finished Sabbath, On the pavement here, and there beyond it is looking, Down a new-made double grave.

Lo, the moon ascending, Up from the east the silvery round moon, Beautiful over the house-tops, ghastly, phantom moon, Immense and silent moon.

I see a sad procession, And I hear the sound of coming full-keyed bugles, All the channels of the city streets they’re flooding, As with voices and with tears.

I hear the great drums pounding, And …
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Wisdom For Your Week: Prayer, A Way of Being with God

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PRAYER, A WAY OF BEING WITH GOD Prayer seems to be Paul’s term for the deep inner posture of one’s being toward God in open receptivity and pliable responsiveness. It is the term he uses when he exhorts us to “pray constantly” (1 Thess 5:17 RSV), to “continue steadfastly in prayer” (Col 4:2 RSV), to “be constant in prayer” (Rom 12:12 RSV). Praying without ceasing obviously presumes an inner posture of being for its fulfillment, a posture that undergirds all the activities and relationships of life. With this term Paul…
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Word/Quote of the Week — Surrender and Emily Dickinson

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 SURRENDER

A poem by Emily Dickinson

Doubt me, my dim companion!

Why, God would be content

With but a fraction of the love

Poured thee without a stint.

The whole of me, forever,

What more the woman can, —

Say quick, that I may dower thee

With last delight I own!

It cannot be my spirit,

For that was thine before;

I ceded all of dust I knew, —

What opulence the more

Had I, a humble maiden,

Whose farthest of degree

Was that she might,

Some distant heaven,

Dwell …
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WORD, QUOTE OR SAYING OF THE WEEK: DESIRE

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“What do you want me to do for you?” is actually the question Jesus asked most frequently in the New Testament.  He knew that being in touch with desire has the potential to shape decisions and affect the overall trajectory and outcomes of a person’s life.  Desire, rightly identified and effectively harnessed, eventually gives way to the hope that what we desire really could come to pass and the faith to live as though it were real. ~Ruth Haley Barton

~Ruth Haley Barton, Life Together in Christ, pg. 72

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WEDNESDAY’S WORD OF THE WEEK, MARCH 4, 2015 – EVANGELISM

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Along with the implementation of my new blog site, I intend to launch a ‘word of the week’ post.  This weekly post (I hope to distribute on Wednesday of each week), will offer a brief ‘word’ for your consideration and reflection.  Each post will offer a word, quote, poem, saying, etc. of an author I am reading or have read.  I will also include a link to the larger body of work, where appropriate.

Today’s “Wednesday’s Word of the Week” is EVANGELISM.  The following quote is from a recent work …
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