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Silence

I went on a six-hour silent retreat at the Blue Spring Retreat Center in Richardson. I didn’t talk for hours—except when I puzzled over the box lunch choices from Jimmy John’s and a woman finally asked me if I wanted a turkey sandwich. “Sure,” I said. I sat in a large room at the lodge […]

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I go to the sea again

In Moby Dick, Herman Melville wrote, “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses….then, I account it high time to get to the sea as soon as I can.” Some of us go to the […]

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Serenity

“The final wisdom of life requires, not the annulment of incongruity but the achievement of serenity within and above it,” writes Reinhold Niebuhr, in his book The Irony of American History. y

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Namaste

My husband, Jerry, and I are going to yoga classes. At the end of every class, the teachers says, “Namaste.” And, we return the greeting. I checked and namaste is “a gesture to send a message of peaceful spirituality to the universe in the hopes of receiving a positive message back.” In our class, we […]

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An inescapable network of mutuality

“In a real sense, all life is interrelated. All men (and women) are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly,” Martin Luther King once said. We found this quote in Martin Luther King’s book A Gift of Love.

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Keeping the spirit of Christmas

At the end of “The Christmas Carol,” Scrooge promises, “I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” I am going to make the same promise—to strive to live with the spirit of Christmas, with more love and peace, all year long. –Joy

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Good will toward men—and women

Glory to God in the highest, and, on earth, peace, good will toward men—and women. And all people! Luke 2:14

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Joy and peace

May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace. –Romans 15:13

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Peace on earth

It’s only days until Christmas. We rushed yesterday to finish decorating the tree, to finish addressing the Christmas cards and to put the outdoor lights on the bushes—before company arrived. Today, I’m taking time to remember the meaning of the season. –Joy

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Peace and acceptance and love

Kerry Egan, a hospice chaplain, describes how she tries to “create a feeling of peace and acceptance and love” before she enters the room of one of her patients. I love that idea of peace and acceptance and love, and I have been trying to remember it during the holiday season. How can I create […]

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