Monthly Archives: December 2015

17. Giver Prayer: Cleansing the Heart


The heart of the Giver is an interesting piece of work. One of the things that has amazed me over the years is the Giver’s seeming lack of capacity for bitterness.  A typical counseling conversation will start with a generic … Continue reading

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16. Giver Prayer: Flow in Community


On the fifth day of creation, God added fish and birds to the emerging ecosystem. The role of each in community runs the gamut.  On the one hand, there are both birds and fish that are predatory, devouring other living … Continue reading

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15. Giver Prayer: Receiving Flow


Receiving is colored by whether the giver or the recipient is a slave or a son. Slaves prefer to receive finished products or liquid assets.  Sons receive raw materials so they can build. Slaves, who give, usually give unwisely, offering finished products … Continue reading

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A Long Obedience


Eugene Peterson is credit with the pungent expression, “A long obedience in the same direction.” I watched a fascinating application of that recently. Fred is a marathoner in the game of life.  I have watched him for a number of … Continue reading

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7. Chaim: First Strategy


This has been an incredibly challenging task for me.  We have an army of one and a strongman with a bad attitude who is not afraid to use it. My first objective is to keep my army alive, and the … Continue reading

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