Living the Punctuation Marks…

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If God’s presence is the present in the present, I must live the punctuation marks that delineate the day.

The completeness of the period…the confusion of the question…the what’s next of the comma…the connectedness of the colon…the passion of the exclamation point…the skipping ahead of the dash.

If not…

the busyness of my day only leads to run-on sentences and fragments.

His will is my WordPerfect that authors the poorly written novel of my life and edits those grammatical errors that hinder its meaning.

The present of His Presence in the punctuation of my present…

May this day I yield to the red pen and allow all that does not flow into His purposeful order be whited out.

May I live the Punctuation!

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Her heart brimming with the Word of Life…

sees Him hidden in the ordinary…

and reads His love notes tucked into the day.

The story of her soul authored by His grace.

It’s the secret of her smile from within…

and her posture of Praise.


A Place of Enough…


Gratefulness eradicates fear…

Because gratefulness comes from a place of enough…not from scarcity.

“Indeed religion with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.” 1 Tim 6:6-7

Only When Crushed…


For we are like olives…only when we are crushed do we yield what is best in us.  –the Talmud

“The Lord is close to the broken hearted, saves those whose spirits are crushed. Many are the troubles of the just, but the Lord delivers from them all. “

Ps 34:19-20

Horizon of Hope…


“This journey is never finished. ..

Just as in the life of each one of us, there is always a need to start again

to get back up, to rediscover the meaning of our existence.

So for the great human family it is necessary always to redirect ourselves toward the common horizon that is the goal of our journey.

  It is the horizon of hope!

The season of Advent that today we begin once again, restores the horizon of hope for us,

a hope that does not disappoint because it is founded on the Word of God.

It is a hope that does not disappoint simply because the Lord never disappoints!

He is Faithful! He does not disappoint!

+ Pope Francis…12/1/13

Everything to Give…


Where is your greatest poverty?

To give from your poverty is true generosity of faith. To give from your nothingness or barrenness is to give with God’s hands in yours.

So, when you have nothing left to give…give anyway…you are just beginning to truly learn the art of giving.

For if you have nothing to give…you have everything to give!


Hard Hatted, Steel Booted Disciples…


People of faith shatter the horizons of those whose feet are grounded in the world…

Forever exploring and living out the newness of the day with all its accompanying grace, they rock the world of those holding on to earthly ways.

They are the front loaders, the bulldozers, the tractor trailer work trucks building the kingdom of God bit by bit.

They are the hard hatted, steel booted, fearless of dirt and sweat disciples of today work crew.

“…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven…” Matt6:10

Laced Up Hiking Boots?…

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There are times one is given a foreshadowing of life’s hill ahead…

It can be daunting.

But it’s not about how far you travel daily or even how quickly you journey.

It’s all about showing up each new day, with hiking boots laced up, ready to climb, step by step.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta says, “God does not require that we be successful, only that we be faithful.”

line“But he said to me, ‘ My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ I will rather boast most gladly of my weakness, in order that the power of Christ dwell with me.”  2 Co 12:9



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God always surprises us.  He bursts our categories. He wreaks havoc with our plans.  And He tells us: Trust me.  Do not be afraid.  Let yourself be surprised.  Leave yourself behind and follow Me.  * Pope Francis

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. ” 1 John 4:18