I offer spiritual direction to those seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, writings for meditation, guided meditations and more. I trained as a spiritual director at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, and have been privileged, grateful and touched deeply to accompany others as they deepen their spiritual lives.

The consuming interest in my life has been the Life of the Spirit — how do we all live a life dedicated in all things to God?

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Feb 11, 2019

God Helps Us Meet Our Commitments to His Work

Recently, my church has begun to raise money to house the homeless in a to-be-renovated building on our property here in Charlotte. At one recent meeting there was a question raised about whether we could be true to this purpose. I was reminded of a commitment I made to God about my blog seven years […]

Feb 04, 2019

Freedom in Christ

  We can easily live on the surface of our lives and forget that our sub-conscious and unconscious minds exist in us and hold maybe differing, even opposing views to our conscious minds. We can clean up our act, looking loving and good on the surface, but hold judgment, anger, and fear on the inside. […]

Jan 28, 2019

Prayer

“Prayer is not primarily saying words or thinking thoughts. It is, rather, a stance. It’s a way of living in the Presence, living in awareness of the Presence, and even enjoying the Presence. The contemplative is not just aware of God’s Loving Presence, but trusts, allows, and delights in it.”[1] [1] Fr. Richard Rohr daily […]

” What you are is God’s gift to you;
What you make of yourself is your gift to God. “

Exodus: Our Story, Too! weaves together the trials of the Israelites in the wilderness between Egypt and Canaan with the stages of the classical spiritual journey: Awakening, Purgation, Illumination and Union. To read this story is to see where each of us is on this journey and what we have left to do to enter the kingdom of God. The longest part of the journey is purgation, the giving up of our rebellious nature, the owning of all that we are, all that we have said and done and what was done to us, the releasing of our own world-centered views of how our lives should go in favor of loving God, of following Him wherever He would take us and finally entering into a full partnership with God in our lives. Then we live out our lives as we were created to be, living fully, purposefully and in peace.

Over the Christian centuries the teaching about the kingdom of God has followed a pretty narrow pattern. The kingdom was heaven where believers in Jesus as the son of God, if they had been true to the letter of the law, would go after they died. This interpretation has ignored much of what Jesus said about the kingdom in His parables and teachings and focused on us being “letter-of-the-law” people. But Jesus was about the Spirit of the Law, that is following the essence of the law in every situation, not being sure to cross every “I” and dot every “t.”

“Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead, find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed:
Clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes, that we can see all the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.”

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