Saying, “Thank You”

By: Candace Chellew-Hodge “If the only prayer you say is ‘thank you,’ that will be enough.” — 13th century theologian Meister Eckhart When we think about generosity, we don’t often think about saying thank you, because, well, we’re the ones giving something away. We may expect to be thanked,...

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No More Biting

By: Candace Chellew-Hodge I could not lie anymore so I started to call my dog ‘God.’ First he looked confused, then he started smiling, then he even danced. I kept at it: now he doesn’t even bite. I am wondering if this might work on people? –Hindu mystic Tukaram  Just over two years ago...

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Doing God’s Will

By: Candace Chellew-Hodge It’s not our job to figure out how to accomplish God’s purposes on earth. That’s not help; it’s interference. It is merely our job to so deeply align our hearts and minds with His spirit within us, that our lives then become involuntary instruments of His...

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Resisting Grace

By: Candace Chellew-Hodge Working with what we’re given until it wears us through seems to be the grace we resist. – Mark Nepo, Reduced to Joy As someone who has spent most of their adult life working for the rights of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people in both...

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Obtaining Mercy

Life is lived from within out. You may not always be able to change the world about you, but you can change your thoughts about the world; and when you do this, you can change your world, which is a world of your thought.   — Eric Butterworth, Discover the...

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The Purpose of Life

The purpose of your life is to enjoy and learn from your experiences. You were not put on Earth to suffer.   — Michael Singer, The Untethered Soul My Southern Baptist upbringing taught me the exact opposite message. I was raised to believe that suffering is the entire point of our...

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Our Tender, Holy Heart

The quieting of our mind is a political act. The world does not need more oil or energy or food. It needs less greed, less hatred, less ignorance.  Through meditation and inner transformation, we can learn to make our own hearts a place of peace and integrity.  – Jack...

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Trusting Our Heart

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?  – Jeremiah 17:9 The criticism I most often hear when I talk about trusting our experience of God, even if it contradicts traditional Christian doctrines usually centers around this one piece of scripture. “You can’t trust...

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True Transformation

If your religion does not transform your consciousness to one of compassion, it is more a part of the problem than any solution.  – Richard Rohr, The Immortal Diamond This was the first hard lesson I learned on my own spiritual journey away from my traditional Christian beliefs. I spent...

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