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Stay safe; Shelter at home
Wash your hands often; kill the virus
Keep your distance; Don’t touch
Wear a mask; Don’t breathe on each other

O Yahweh, Most Immutable Source of Creation and Love, You remind us that “…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Thank you for causing this pandemic to heal us…to uncover the scabs of deeper wounds…the fettering, purulent diseases of racial and social injustice around the world created to divide and destroy us for the benefit of the greedy and spiritually corrupt.

The pandemic tells us to…
Stay home to stay safe:  YOU tell us that WE are the TEMPLE of Your Holy Spirit.  This is the HOME to which we scramble for safety…to come into Your presence…to be still and Know that YOU are God.

The pandemic tells us to…
Wash your hands often; kill the virus:  YOU tell us to WASH our HEARTS; let our tears for ourselves and each other become the water with which we wash our hearts that we might turn from our anger and division and return our hearts to YOU.  Forgive us and wash away our sin…kill the virus of privilege and superiority.

The pandemic tells us to…
Keep your distance; Don’t touch:  YOU tell us to return to you and remember that we are YOUR creation…we are ONE creation; there is no separation between us.  Cause us to touch each other’s hearts, embrace deeply each other’s spirits, and connect our minds and lives in unity, respect and love.

The pandemic tells us to…
Wear a mask; Don’t breathe on each other.  Racism just says “DON’T BREATHE”!!!:  YOU tell us to breathe deeply of Your Holy Spirit.  Let your Holy Spirit, Most Precious Mystery, breathe in and through us to restore, refresh, renew and revive us.  Enable us to breathe on each other with Your Holy Breath; to once again breathe easy with a SHARED breath that co-creates with You a new life.

You, our Most Adored Lord, work all things to our good for your own purpose.  Thank you for healing us through this calamity and bringing us into unity…in complete and right relationship with You and each other!  Amen

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O Lord, Most Gracious and Loving Father God,

We love you, Most Adorable, Beneficent and Gracious Creator, with a love that only you can establish in our hearts. Inflame that Divine Love in us by your Holy Spirit that it might burn away our past and enliven us to a newness of life in heart and mind and action.  

We are deeply sorry for the multitude of ways we and all our ancestors back to the beginning of time
Have offended You and all your heavenly ancestors, angels and saints back to the beginning of time.

Please forgive us. 
We trust your promise that if we turn back to You, O Lord, repenting of our going astray, You would forgive us and restore our souls. 

We are grateful and thank you that you TRANSMUTE:

Our darkness to inextinguishable light;

Our fears into truth, boldness and courage;

Our anger into all-encompassing compassion;

Our death and disease to joyous life.

Our lack to overflowing blessings and spiritual prosperity;

Our consternation created by division to true equanimity–our ONENESS in You;

Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer.  There is no greater Love than you, no greater Mercy, Justice, Peace, Grace or Power to protect and provide.  There is no other God than You.  And we are ever grateful and love that we are your children.



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“Father, why have you forsaken me!”

Crux, Cross, Crucifixion, Good FridayI love the season of Lent.  Over the years I have used the meditative call of Lent to not only reflect on my life, but to listen and learn to refresh and renew my mind.  I have been on my faith-practice journey for 30 years.   Like many “churched” people, I have been exposed to God’s Truth through scripture and Bible stories since I was a child, but began my “Desert Journey” as an adult.  You know…the “Desert Journey”…wandering around in the Word of God thinking that I know where I’m going and finding myself tripping over the same rocks!  It’s been 30 years…hopefully, it won’t take another 10 years before I come to the Promised Land of Understanding and Application of God’s Word!!

Every Lent I give up complaining.  My friends and family list the pastries and pies, booze and food that will make them feel most pious during Lent.  I prefer to give up bad habits like COMPLAINING and, in it’s place, take up being vociferously GRATEFUL.  Funny thing, though…back to the “Desert Journey”…I have COMPLAINING to give up every year!!  I would hope that somehow, without my noticing, I am gradually making being grateful more of a constant habit!  Of course, I beat myself up come the following Lent that I’ve fallen short of my spiritual goal.  Lent has a way of doing that when we become self-reflective.

I have seen more warts this Lenten season than in past years.  It’s been a tough couple of years with my younger son going to prison, and struggling with recurring, heartbreaking conflict in my marriage!  This concurrently happening along with many amazing graces and opportunities in the same time period.  It was hard to see them through my tears, unfortunately.  I truly have struggled with feeling like a failure and a fool.

“And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”
Mark 3:25 New American Bible (Revised Edition)

crux cropThen I’m stuck!  I AM the HOUSE…Scripture says I’m the Temple of God’s Holy Spirit!  I’m divided against MYSELF…FEAR or TRUST!

How could God allow this to happen to me when I have been faithful to HIM?   I recognize and, when I’m not complaining, appreciate the blessings, but He doesn’t seem to be keeping His promise to me about my children OR my marriage!  The more I pray, the worse it seems to get.

MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME??? How many times have I cried that into my pillow or screamed in the thin air? I know the scriptures that admonish me not to fear, yet here I am in excruciating fear!

But…Lent tells me there is another perspective.  Lent reminds me that “fear is useless, what is needed is TRUST” (Mark 5:36).  And that “The sin of the world is DOUBT.”  But, more importantly, Lent reminds me that Jesus felt the CRUX the SAME WAY I am feeling!!

THE CRUX… (per dictionary.com)
noun, plural crux·es, cru·ces [kroo-seez] /ˈkru siz/.
a vital, basic, decisive, or pivotal point:
1. something that torments by its puzzling nature; a perplexing difficulty.
2. a CROSS.


CrucifixAt three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
(New International Version)

I am so GLAD that Jesus spoke MY WORDS!!!! That He cried out MY DOUBT and MY pain!!!  That DOUBT is MY SIN…the SIN of the World!!  Feeling that God has turned His back on us!  Sin is doubting God’s consummate and perfect Love; doubting that He will keep His promises to love us, provide for us, defend us, protect us, take care of us, heal us; doubting that His Grace is sufficient…on and on!   Oh Father God, Do you really LOVE me???

Then Jesus spoke the Words that broke the spell of doubt!
“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom;… ”
(Matthew 27:45-53)

IN SPITE OF HIS DOUBT, Jesus chose to TRUST GOD, BELIEVE GOD and entrust his spirit to Our Father!  He acknowledged his doubt and pain, yet chose to surrender to TRUSTING GOD.  With this submission to faith, DOUBT…the “veil of separation”…was torn asunder!!  With that act of faith…his ensuing death and powerful resurrection…proving that God’s plan is greater than our fear…He rendered my doubt and fear null and void!!!  Because now, in spite of my doubts, I, too, can choose to believe God and remember that through it all God loves me, He is a keeper of His promises and truly is able to take care of me and all those I love.  I can CHOOSE to TRUST GOD!  And for THAT, I am forever GRATEFUL!!!

Resurrection3Now…I can at any time, with Jesus, arise from the darkness of death…doubt and fear…into God’s brilliant, restoring Light.  Again I can see God’s amazing LOVE at work renewing ME…my SPIRITUAL HOUSE…to new life!



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“…MAGNIFY the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.”    
Psalm 34:3  New American Standard Bible (NASB)

You wonder why you have a HEADACHE…after all, you just got up from a good night’s sleep!!  You made the usual potty run, had the first-light’s java and routinely turned on the TV!!  YOW…the TV!!!  THAT’S the source of the headache…the morning news!!!

You can’t wrap your head around all the insanity and it’s making not only your head hurt, it’s making your HEART, your BACK, and you KNEES hurt, too!!!  Your HEART breaks with sadness and grief.  Your BACK aches with the weight of foolishness and ignorance.  And your KNEES ache because you’ve constantly on them asking for HELP!! It’s as if we are looking at our lives through a MAGNIFYING GLASS and the problems of this world are overwhelming!!!

But, there is RELIEF!  All the craziness diminishes in significance when we MAGNIFY  GOD, and THE NAME OF GOD!  The truth that sets us free from anxiety is that God IS FAR GREATER than all the insanity in the world.

Don’t just pray for help…EXALT GOD ABOVE your problems!!!
“…MAGNIFY the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.”    

We remind ourselves of Your Greatness and Your LOVE!
YOURS, O Great Supreme One, Creator of the Universe, is the POWER AND THE GLORY!!!
YOU are All Wisdom, the Creator of All Power, the Sustainer of all Life, The Great Protector.  Greater are YOU than our and the world’s problems and anxieties!!!
GREATER are YOU in us, in me, than he who is in the world!!
And…Greater are WE-in-YOU, Father God…THAT’S what makes us overcomers!!!


You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
1 John 4:4 – NIV

If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
1 John 3:20 – NIV   

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Are you tired of the drama and trauma???  Got enough of the “Shock and Awe”???

The goal of FEAR and anxiety is to DIS-MEMBER us…the old “divide and conquer”!
You know the expressions:  lose your head, feel blown away, broken hearted, falling apart, cracked up…nervous breakdown, broken families and fractured friendships, etc., etc., etc.!  It’s exhausting!!!

IT’S TIME TO RE-MEMBER…we are ALL AMERICANS…we’re still here and we’re STRONG!  True…OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES MATTER.  BUT above all…as we not only believe IN God, but BELIEVE and TRUST GOD…OUR FAITH MAKES A DIFFERENCE!    My faith orientation is Christian, but I believe and honor all faith traditions that teach us that we are ONE with God and all creation.  As you read this and reflect on your own faith tradition, I invite you to join me in RE-MEMBERING!

It’s time to remember God is the creator of all things seen and unseen!  We may call God by many names…Jehovah, Yahweh, Allah, Abba, Father/Mother God, God Within, Creative Power, the Source…but only God is God!
“Then Ezra prayed, “You alone are God. You have made the skies and the heavens, the earth and the seas, and everything in them. You preserve it all; and all the angels of heaven worship you.”
Nehemiah 9:6

It’s time to remember that ONENESS is our ultimate heritage…to be reconnected by God’s Spirit to the “Whole-liness” that is our Spiritual birthright.  To come through all Spiritual traditions that teach and reflect the CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS that leads us into UNITY with God and each other.
“But this is the new agreement I will make with the (people who believe that “GOD IS REAL”), says the Lord: I will write my laws in their minds so that they will know what I want them to do without my even telling them, and these laws will be in their hearts so that they will want to obey them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people”.
Hebrews 8:10   Living Bible

IT’S TIME TO RE-MEMBER… Our enemies are NOT of flesh and blood.
It’s time to remember that those “powers and principalities” thrive on FEAR and LIES!  People that embody those dis-membering “powers to divide” with the “principal intention to conquer” are seriously misled.  They need our HELP!
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Ephesians 6:12  Living Bible

It’s time to remember we are the temple of God’s Holy Spirit…God’s Spirit is in us! We CAN overcome by waking them up…PRAY THE HELL OUT OF THEM!  And we don’t need anger…ANGER is NOT our defender!!! PEACEFUL, GOD-CENTERED MINDFULNESS is our strength!  Prayer, Determination, Respect, UNITY and our favorite word when we were 2-years old…”NO“!!! “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
1 John 4:4  New International Version

IT’S TIME TO RE-MEMBER…to get “a-HEAD” above the insanity and the noise…to RE-NEW our FAITH to overcome fear.
It’s time to recognize that insanity is not JUST doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, but the insanity is NOT KNOWING WHAT TO BELIEVE which results in our doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result!
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”
Proverbs 3:5-12  The Message

And the promise from the Psalms of David … “Blessed is the one who puts their trust in God…they are settled in their minds that God is able to take care of them, and that’s why they are not afraid nor do they live in dread of what may happen.”

IT’S TIME TO RE-MEMBER …to come to our SENSES!
It’s time to remember to CHOOSE…require that ONLY GOD’S WILL MATTER…to call God’s Will INTO FORM IN THE REALM OF OUR 5 SENSES! (Even Quantum physicists know this!) “Do not be afraid of them [or their hostile faces], For I am with you [always] to protect you and deliver you,” says the Lord.  “They will fight against you, but they will not [ultimately] prevail over you, for I am with you [always] to protect you and deliver you,” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 1:8-9  Amplified Bible 

IT’S TIME TO RE-MEMBER…to come together in FAITH and LOVE!
It’s time to remember that FEAR IS USELESS, WHAT IS NEEDED IS TRUST…TRUST GOD!! Seek, knock, ask to be a part of the SOLUTION and trust God to lead us to reflect His Love into the world.
“Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said…Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing.”
Mark 5:36  Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

It’s time to remember  SPIRITUAL TRUTH… that we are not just flesh and blood, but Spirit!  We live and are being transformed by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how (God’s) ways will really satisfy you.”
Romans 12:2  The Living Bible

It’s time to remember we are one people, one nation, one Earth. We all desire the same thing…to be respected, to have purpose, to prosper and provide for our loved ones in a safe, just and nourishing environment.  It’s time to remember, to be reconnected to and unified by THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT COMMANDMENTS OF CHRIST…
Jesus replied,Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’
Matthew 22:36-39  The Living Bible

IT’S TIME!!!  REMEMBER…We’ve read the end of the Book…LOVE WINS!!


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The Sufi meditation practice of Dhikr is REMEMBRANCE of the NAMES OF GOD. 


         “In practice it is the recitation of Holy verses and Divine Names of God.  Angels are always in the state of remembrance of God.  Saints and holy people strive to remember God with every breath.  The more a person remembers God in every moment, the more they will find peace and satisfaction in their hears.  Remembrance uplifts the Spirit and Soul. The Prophet(s) said, ‘Allah has angles roaming the earth to find people who are in Remembrance of God.  When they find a circle of such people, they call each other and encompass them in layers up to the heaven.”

         In the practice of Remembrance of the Names of God, “as each of the 99 names of God, or Divine Qualities, is prayed or ecstatically chanted, these qualities are planted deeper within the heart until the heart begins to recognize them and resonate at their frequency.”

(source: starsonadarknight.com – “Sufi Stories, The People Who Remember”)


In our Christian tradition, we have many names of God which will be the same as or similar to the ones listed below.  As I meditate on each of these 99 names, I allow the name to bring other familiar name(s) and scriptures back to my remembrance…to get back in touch with, mediate on and embrace the deeper meaning and feelings they bring…and allow those feelings to settle deep in my core. This anchors me to my Spiritual Center and renews my mind…it restores my soul and raises my Spirit and thinking to Christ Consciousness.


For instance, the practice starts with “Allah – the Greatest Name”…that reminds me how Jesus called Yahweh “Abba”…”Daddy”. How incredibly powerful and deeply calming that Name is…to know that God is my Daddy, my Mother/Father God…that His authority, His unfathomable love for and protection of me is present NOW…constant and unchanging.  It reminds me that I BELONG to God!! That “if God is for me, who can be against me!”  And…God protects me as He would the pupil of His eye. (from Psalm 17:8);  also, The Lord is my Light and my Salvation—whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?  (Psalm 27). 


Join me in this restorative, healing meditation…and share it!  We can begin a Circle of Remembrance. 


The 99 Beautiful Names of God:  


Allah (Abba) – The Greatest Name


1.   The All-Merciful

2.   The All-Beneficent

3.   The Absolute Ruler

4.   The Pure One

5.   The Source of Peace

6.   The Inspirer of Faith

7.   The Guardian

8.   The Victorious

9.   The Compeller

10.The Greatest

11.The Creator

12.The Maker of Order

13.The Shaper of Beauty

14.The Forgiving

15.   The Subduer

16.   The Giver of All

17.   The Sustainer

18.   The Opener

19.   The Knower of All

20.   The Constrictor

21.   The Reliever

22.   The Abaser

23.   The Exalter

24.   The Bestower of Honors

25.   The Humiliator

26.   The Hearer of All

27.   The Seer of All

28.   The Judge

29.   The Just

30.   The Subtle One

31.   The All-Aware

32.   The Forbearing

33.   The Magnificent

34.   The Forgiver and Hider of Faults

35.   The Rewarder of Thankfulness

36.   The Highest

37.   The Greatest

38.   The Preserver

39.   The Nourisher

40.   The Accounter

41.   The Mighty

42.   The Generous

43.   The Watchful One

44.   The Responder to Prayer

45.   The All-Comprehending

46.   The Perfectly Wise

47.   The Loving One

48.   The Majestic One

49.   The Resurrector

50.   The Witness

51.   The Truth

52.   The Trustee

53.   The Possessor of All Strength

54.   The Forceful One

55.   The Governor

56.   The Praised One

57.   The Appraiser

58.   The Originator

59.   The Restorer

60.   The Giver of Life

61.   The Taker of Life

62.   The Ever Living One

63.   The Self-Existing One

64.   The Finder

65.   The Glorious

66.   The Only One

67.   The One

68.   The Satisfier of All Needs

69.   The All Powerful

70.   The Creator of All Power

71.   The Expediter

72.   The Delayer

73.   The First

74.   The Last

75.   The Manifest One

76.   The Hidden One

77.   The Protecting Friend

78.   The Supreme One

79.   The Doer of Good

80.   The Guide to Repentance

81.   The Avenger

82.   The Forgiver

83.   The Clement

84.   The Owner of All

85.   The Lord of Majesty and Bounty

86.   The Equitable One

87.   The Gatherer

88.   The Rich One

89.   The Enricher

90.   The Preventer of Harm

91.   The Creator of the Harmful

92.   The Creator of Good

93.   The Light

94.   The Guide

95.   The Originator

96.   The Everlasting One

97.   The Inheritor of All

98.   The Righteous Teacher

99.The Patient One

          God is LOVE!


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I was feeling really sorry that I had lost a special silver bracelet that was a gift from a dear friend.  My husband and I had been feverishly shopping over a couple of day, running from store to store, getting our home put back together after water damage.  As we were trekking goods into the house, I noticed that my beautiful bracelet was GONE!!!  I started retracing our steps and making phone calls to stores and restaurants where we had spent time that day.  To no avail!!! 

But, I didn’t despair.  I had had other occasions where I had lost items…even a diamond from my ring…and God found them for me!  The time I lost the diamond, I told God that if I found it I would give it to my father to put in a ring for my mother for their 50th wedding anniversary.  I was working for a pharmaceutical company and received a call from my manager requesting that I make the two hour drive to the main office for an early meeting.  I had $14 in my pocket and a dirty company car!!  When I dropped my kids off to my parents to babysit, my mother asked if I had any money for milk.  The Lord told me to give her my only $14 and that He’d return it to me 10 times over.  So I did.  I went to get my car washed with the coin change in my purse…fortunately, my tank was full.  As I was vacuuming the crevices of the back seat, I found my diamond!!!!  What a surprise!!! 

My manager had asked me to attend a meeting not to, as I thought, discuss company product, but to offer me a PROMOTION with two raises…$140 more per week was first one!!!   GOD KEPT HIS PROMISE!!!  As I promised God, I gave it to diamond to my father for a beautiful anniversary ring for my mother. 

I even lost a silver feather from a precious pair of Native American silver earrings…not once, but THREE times…and God made them miraculously appear…one time in the dark of night…I stepped on it!  So many times He has done this just to teach me that NOTHING IS LOST WITH GOD…not things or people or bad times.

So I didn’t despair when I lost my bracelet.  I just let it go believing that if God desired, He would make it show up.  Sitting here at my computer today I happened to glance up to take in the beautiful day and the glorious colors of the flowers in my garden.  There…hanging from one of the branches of a flowering bush outside my window…was my SILVER BRACELET!!!   I JUST LOVE GOD’S SENSE OF HUMOR…BUT I LOVE HIS FAITHFULNESS EVEN MORE!!

As I ponder the confusion and mistrust all around me…and within me…during this trying times, these experiences remind me that God sees all, knows all and is always able to restore to us that which we feel we’ve lost.  I can be still and trust that God is able to take care of me…that is why I’m not afraid or live in dread of what may happen. 

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What are the shadows in your life…regrets, anger, resentments?  You can feel shadows.   They cause you to feel tired, tense and apprehensive…they cause physical dis-ease and dis-comfort.

Jesus (Christ means “messenger”) came to teach us that God is Light and that there is “no shadow of turning” in Him.

(“This is the message we have heard from (Jesus) and declare to you:  God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.”  1 John 1:4-6, NIV)

Shadows are based in doubt and unforgiveness…the things that create fear, anxiety, anger and confusion.  God calls us to turn away from our shadows and embrace His Light…to trust Him and embrace His unlimited power and authority, His love and faithfulness, His unwavering, ever present, ever healing Light.  God’s Light is unchanging power, love, forgiveness, mercy and grace.

You can physically feel Light…you are energized, relaxed, joyful and open to possibilities that attract the very thing that your heart desires.

Stop chasing shadows.   Acknowledge them…recognize the shadows for what they are…FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real).  As you meditate, see yourself physically turning around, away from the shadows, and facing Light. Choose to be in God’s presence and stand in His brilliant, healing Light.

Light and darkness cannot occupy the same space…so the shadows will completely disappear.

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