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The Contemplative Companion for Friday, November 21, 2014

“Blessed are you who look into the depths…Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven.”  – Daniel 3.55 – 56

Silence is the environment in which our mind gazes in each direction  – interior and exterior; deep in and deep out.

Love holds the movement – within, with reverent watch of the heart. Without, with reverent care for the creation.

It’s a double helix light dance – unfolding and birthing wisdom, connecting us to Christ.


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The Contemplative Companion for Thursday, November 20, 2014

“He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”     -  Luke 21.3-4

Do not fear the emptiness.

There, the Spirit gives birth to fullness.

What I think I do not possess, I give away and discover there is always more.

It’s OK to let go of everything. Even the ones we have cherished.

Nothing is just another beginning.


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The Contemplative Companion for Wednesday, November 19, 2014

God has spoken and summoned the earth,
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
From Zion, perfect in beauty,
God shines forth.”  – Psalm 50.1 – 2

Love draws us upward, deeper into our destiny. It is a summons of divine desire – Wisdom’s wish for us to be and flourish and to become.

Zion is each of our heart-centers: a radiant emotional flower opening toward God, toward others, and even toward our Self.

Watered by the silence the Word of life nurtures our heart-garden, our emotional-Zion, weeding negativity, nurturing it with influences of truth and grace. And God shines forth.

 


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The Contemplative Companion for Tuesday, November 18, 2014

“I fall asleep, [and] I will wake up, for God sustains me.”  – Psalm 3.6

Sometimes I’m spiritually awake, sometimes spiritually asleep.

Gratefully, God sustains me through every state, and nurtures my formation into fullness of life in Christ.

 


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The Contemplative Companion for Monday, November 17, 2014

“Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.”  - Luke 18.42

Your mind is beautiful because it has been kissed by love, making your knowing not just wise, but also warm-hearted.

Go and do likewise. Kiss the mind of another in the silence between words where anything is possible.

This, in part, is what it means to be still and know. Which is another way of saying: enter into the silence and see.


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A New Book for Advent & Christmas by Peter Traben Haas

MyYesIsYoursFinalality

Amid all the fullness and festivity of this peak cultural and religious holiday season, I invite you to take a brief moment each day to rest and read through these brief daily reflections. I wrote the reflections when I lived in the rolling farmland of Iowa. I wrote them for my own journey through Advent, and also shared them with various members and friends at Westminster Presbyterian Church in the Cedar Valley, where I served as a pastor. The liturgical readings incorporated into this daily reader were taken from Cycle A.

I now send these reflections out more widely in book form with the hope that something of my Advent journey might also be helpful to you, perhaps even connecting the inner story of Christmas in a deeper way this year for your continued flourishing in Christ. The book is available on Amazon.com or you may order one at your local bookstore.

The theme of this Advent journey is My Yes Is Yours. I chose that title, in part, because I was inspired by Mary’s response to the Angel’s visitation (Luke 1.38). There, the Angel invited Mary (and through her, us) to a deeper experience of God as a literal vessel for the birthing of Christ into the world. Her response, now so famous, was something like, “Yes, let it me in me as you say.”

On a deeper level, even Mary’s Yes was grounded in God’s grace, drawing her into the energy of acceptance versus resistance. Like Mary, without this grace acting in our lives, none of our Yes’s would endure or come to their fruition. In this way, our Yes’s are really God’s.  Not only are they inspired by God’s grace, they are also offered to God.

Thus, we can authentically say in the depth of prayerful intercession or silent contemplation, “My God, My God, My Yes is Yours.” Truly, giving our Yes to God is just another way of summing up the heart of the Christian pattern of life revealed by Jesus near the end of his beautiful yet brief life: not my will, but thy will be done.

Yes. Three letters. One little word with infinite potential.

Read the reflections.

Ponder and pray about the ideas.

Perhaps share them with others.

Open each day’s reflection as a personal gift. Throughout a lifetime, our journey into God is a journey into Yes – learning and cultivating a disposition of feeling a Yes to life. Paradoxically, we may often discover the personal power of Yes as we feel into the powerlessness of all the times we have encountered No’s. While Advent is a season for Yes, it’s not always easy. There are many No’s that we confront each day.

No to God.

No to health.

No to love.

No to life.

No to others.

No to healing.

No to abundance.

No to giving.

It seems in our world we are surrounded by and perhaps even shaped by many No’s. That is all the more reason to anticipate and welcome the quickening light that awakens sleepers from the state of resistance so energized around the word “No.” Advent is a season to recognize that for every No we have received in life, we may also declare and participate in that No’s transformation into a Yes – for our ultimate good and ongoing growth. And so we declare:

Yes to God.

Yes to being you.

Yes to others, especially those we live and work with.

Yes to the past, present and future.

Yes to flourishing.

Yes to surrender.

Yes to hope.

Yes to faith.

Yes to love.

Yes to giving.

Yes to receiving.

Yes even to our life difficulties.

Yes – whether simply, quietly or loudly – just yes.

Learning how to say Yes to whatever is occurring in our life without needing to change or resist anything is the art of grace – a grace that also teaches us the skills of hope, faith and love; skills, along with grace, that we will need; skills we will also acquire more completely as we journey through the fullness of gifts this Advent season holds in store for us.

Only Love. Only Christ.

Peter Traben Haas

All Saints Eve, 2014

Austin, Texas

 


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The Contemplative Companion for Friday, November 14, 2014

“Well for the one who is gracious and lends, who conducts one’s business and life with justice.” – Psalm 112.6

I wish to step into the flow of provision today, which may require of me releasing my own resources for the benefit of others.

Help me to do so in the certainty that grace begets grace.


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