Category Archives: The Sacred

December 31–The Sacred: Growing in the Silence

The night I first heard Cage’s 4’33” live is memorable for what I heard during the silence.  (If you desire to ‘hear’ the piece https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTEFKFiXSx4 ) I am the convener and leader for a music night.  One night, one of … Continue reading

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December 30–The Sacred: Prayer and Positive Energy

I have experienced several events in my life in recent months that have called me to pause and send prayer and positive energy to people that I love dearly. I realized in doing this that prayer and positive energy need … Continue reading

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December 29–The Sacred: Silence

Years ago I came across an idea about silence that has stuck with me. It comes from Mythology scholar Joseph Campbell’s writing about the sound Om, a sacred sound and mantra in Hinduism and Buddhism. Campbell said: Om is a … Continue reading

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December 28–The Sacred: Trust

We have said, in this space, that “the sacred” is in so many words something we place high value on, something that is precious.  We have also examined it as not something other and separate from the ordinary but actually … Continue reading

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December 27–The Sacred: Companions

My friend, John Byron Kuhner recently wrote a most moving and reflective piece in his blog about an Amish funeral that he attended while visiting with his wife in Ohio as they await the birth of their twin babies any … Continue reading

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December 25–The Sacred: Adoration

O Come let us us adore him . . . Today is the day of adoration, the day when shepherds are remembered, coming to adore the baby Jesus.  In another story, wise men, wizards from the East, come bearing gifts … Continue reading

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December 24–The Sacred: Holy Night, Bad Night?

We have framed Christmas in big picture framing.  That is, Christian theology has, with the benefit of time to reflect (like centuries of time!) determined that the birth of Jesus into the world is the ultimate good for humankind.  It … Continue reading

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December 23–The Sacred: No Pretense

I think my favorite carol of the Christmas season is one not widely known.  I learned it as a child:  The Friendly Beasts.  In a few simple verses, the scene is set.  The donkey, the cow, the sheep, the dove … Continue reading

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December 22–The Sacred: Transition

Within the past 24 hours depending on where you live in the world sometime between the last hours of Dec. 21 and the first hours of today, our Earth completed its shift away from the Sun in the northern hemisphere … Continue reading

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December 21–The Sacred: Many Ways to Celebrate Christmas

I have several friends who attend traditional Protestant or Interdenominational Christian churches. For them, celebrating Christmas involves praising the birth of their Savior, Jesus Christ. They know I see Jesus differently, and I admit I am exploring my personal beliefs … Continue reading

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