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This prayer of Father Thomas Keating and its radical call to be open to the love of God struck me as we cross the threshold into 2023. May we be increasingly open to the love and activity of the Triune God amidst all that life will throw at us in this new year... The Welcoming Prayer [...]

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Called to set a table... VantagePoint3 has been helping set a table for truly making disciples in the local church.   It really is true that we hear stories of how VP3 has been a catalyst for growth and depth in Christ almost every day. Last week I had the privilege of leading one of [...]

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The grace and the impatience to wait In our secret yearnings we wait for your coming, and in our grinding despair we doubt that you will. And in this privileged place we are surrounded by witnesses who yearn more than do we and by those who despair more deeply than do we. Look upon your [...]

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Helping others grow into Christ rests on an understanding and conviction that the primary shaping work in a person’s life belongs to God. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10, NIV). Our primary burden as God's people is [...]

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A Liturgy for Those Flooded With Too Much Information In a world so wired and interconnected, our anxious hearts are pummeled by an endless barrage of troubling news. We are daily aware of more grief, O Lord, than we can rightly consider, of more suffering and scandal than we can respond to, of more hostility, [...]

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My soul has become a huge warehouse where day after day the trucks unload their crates without any plan or discrimination, to be piled helter-skelter in every available corner and cranny, until it is crammed full from top to bottom with the trite, the commonplace, the insignificant, the routine.... I now see clearly that, if [...]

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When it comes to our work, we confess our desire to grow, determine, fill, and control. Remind us these outcomes belong to you. Instead, may we simply plant, act, build, and offer, releasing the outcomes into your hands because they are not our business. Continue to be yourself in us as we dive into the [...]

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Father in Heaven! You have loved us first, help us never to forget that You are love so that this sure conviction might triumph in our hearts over the seduction of the world, over the inquietude of the soul, over the anxiety for the future, over the fright of the past, over the distress of [...]

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Blessed Savior, I am not good at resting in the hollow of your hand. Nothing in my experience has taught me this resting. I have been taught how to take charge. I have been taught how to be in control. But how to rest? No, I have no models, no paradigms for resting. That is [...]

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"Does anyone really know me?" Loneliness is such a pervasive experience in our culture. We are often surprised and saddened by the degree of aloneness we experience in adulthood. From the outside, it seems like family and work and church would provide a vital sense of place and belonging. The reality of our hurried and [...]

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“How can I describe the kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its [...]

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God of history and of my heart, so much has happened to me during these whirlwind days: I’ve known death and birth; I have been brave and scared; I have hurt and helped; I’ve been honest, I’ve lied; I’ve destroyed, I’ve created; I’ve been with people, I’ve been lonely; I’ve been loyal, I’ve betrayed; I’ve decided, [...]

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