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today was trusting that God's peace changes the world...

Today was Ascension Sunday in the Western Christian world (actually this past Thursday but most of us do not celebrate Holy Days of Obligation in the 21st century - especially Prods!) My message was simple: our confusion can become a doorway into the light of clarity IF we wait and listen for God with our hearts. We are no different from Christ's first disciples who also lived with confusion. Obscurity is not the problem, impatience is, for the promise of Jesus for power from on high is given only to those who wait. And I don't mean idle waiting, but nourishing a grounded discipline of meditative prayer.

Learning to wait and be centered is the best way to live as an ally of the Spirit. We don't need more spontaneity, but consistency in compassion. So I invited the congregation to join me in learning to pray the Anglican Prayer Bead cycle. It is different from the Rosary and the Orthodox Prayer Rope. It is different, too, from the prayer beads of Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism…

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