Living the Life in Christ

Recognizing the Voice of the Holy Spirit Within

October 12, 2020 My blog posts at By the Waters the last week in September and the first week of October were about the Holy Spirit. To me He is the One who dwells in us and in the world around us, who communicates with us constantly whether we are aware of His voice or […]

Loving Everyone

            We don’t think of love as nonviolence. Or as compassion. Or valuing another person and all they’ve been through which formed them as they are. We don’t think of love as embracing our enemy, listening to them, seeing everyone as a child of God. We don’t look at the Ten Commandments as teaching us […]

8.19.20 Fruit of the Spirit

            I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few years thinking about the fruit of the Spirit, the qualities that are ours to express in this world when we truly follow Jesus. The first three: peace, joy and love are the essentials in the life of the Spirit. Peace takes us out of […]

7.27.20 Are You Bored Yet?

I’m bored! is something I’ve come to acknowledge in this isolation period after four months. I do about 3 errands a week including two trips to the grocery store. The other might be a hair or doctor’s appointment or a trip to the pharmacy. I don’t go out to lunch with friends any more. I […]

Weathering the Storm

7.13.20  Weathering the Storm. When life hits us a curve ball, like the coronavirus and its effects on our country, we can duck it and try to avoid it, we can be angry that it is in our lives, or we can set aside any objections we might have in order to deal realistically with […]

The Life That Awaits You

6.22.20 “We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”[1] I am quoting Joseph Campbell, once a professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College whose interest lay in comparative mythology and religion. He understood what living in two worlds means: the […]

Living in the Presence of God

To live in the present moment, to have all our faculties—sight, hearing, mind, soul and spirit—attuned to the presence of God, to enjoy the deepest connection that we are capable to all creation, to the other people with us, to God himself and what He might be saying to us right now. That is the […]

The Trajectory of Our Lives

The Trajectory of One’s Life November 15, 2019 Jesus’ Two Great Commandments are about love: love God with all of yourself and love your neighbor as yourself. What gets overlooked is to love yourself as in love your neighbor as [you love] yourself.  And I think that we often do love our neighbor as poorly […]

God In My Thoughts

Sometime in the late 1980s I began to try to meditate, and at first I couldn’t stand being quiet and alone with my thoughts. So I quit after a few tries. Then, a few months later I tried again, because I knew how important meditation was to hearing God’s “still, small voice.”[1] This time I […]

Isolation/Community

4.27.20 Facetime and Zoom and other platforms are great substitutes for communities when we are so isolated in our homes without a park or restaurant or coffee shop or church to meet in, but they lack the closeness that community usually brings us, the ability to read another’s body language and vibes that being with […]