Monthly Archives: May 2016

27. Giver Prayer: Receiving Joy


My wife loves extended family connections.  For a while we attended a church of largely El Salvadorians with large extended, cross-pollinated families.  It meant the world to her to find out that Sabina’s brother-in-law on her husband’s side was the … Continue reading

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Our Culture


I grew up in a religious culture that was marked by two things.  First was the absolute certainty that they had arrived at truth.  We were assured repeatedly that we had the best grasp of Biblical truth there ever was, … Continue reading

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26. Giver Prayer: Aligning Joy


The joy of the birds and the fish from the fifth day of creation was customized.  A mocking bird does not sound at all like a cardinal.  The joy of the salmon in fighting her way upstream through the rapids … Continue reading

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25. Giver Prayer: Cleansing Joy


We normally think of finding joy to replace sorrow or to overcome joylessness.  Those certainly are valid pursuits. But cleansing joy is necessary, at times, as we grow from one joy to another. For example, when I was a teen, I … Continue reading

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