The Contemplative Companion for Wednesday, July 29, 2015

“When I found your words, I devoured them; they became my joy and the happiness of my heart, because I bore your name, O Lord, God of hosts.”  – Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21

We bear the Word of Love in our hearts through every shrouded day of forgetting until the light of unexpected Wisdom reveals the Way.

I’m with you. Three words that are the source of true happiness for our lifetimes.

Devoured by life, we devour the wisdom discovered through asking, seeking and knocking in the silence.


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The Contemplative Companion for Tuesday, July 28, 2015

“The LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as one man speaks to another.” – Exodus 33.11

“When Moses came down Mount Sinai carrying the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, he wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the LORD.” – Exodus 34.29

“And as Jesus was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white.” – Luke 9.29

Moses and Jesus were both men of prayer. Words and silence.

How is it that prayer can change the face?

Can you feel in the silence – as you are still, as you surrender to the Spirit of God – can you begin to feel, ever so subtle, a different energy in your body, in the area of your solar plexus?

Can you imagine how this warmth might also move toward the face – the head, the crown center of the human being and begin to energize the skin with a radiance?

Love does this. The Spirit of God does this. The Holy Presence does this.

Somehow, it is magnetic: Like calling to like. Radiating the iron in the blood. It is Life calling to our life to rise more into the Real, and Worship.

We can learn much from comparing the life and ministries of Moses and Jesus.

What is most intriguing is what their lives might mean for ours.



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My Statement of Faith by Peter Traben Haas

For us and our salvation:

God is a deep relationship and a community of inclusive love whom we know as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God’s love spills over into the creation and humanity, drenching us with a lavish grace through the beauty of creation, through the Holy Scriptures, and preeminently and personally in Jesus Christ, the living and life-giving Word of God.

In the event of creation:

God’s intelligence and beauty are manifested in the heavens and the earth, and most of all in the nobility of humanity as God’s image bearers. However, our first human parents turned from God’s voice, listening to the voice of Temptation. Since then, sin, pain and death have, like a virus, disordered and attacked relationships spiritually, psychologically, socially, and environmentally. Human nature has fallen, forgetting and loosing what once was our rightful inheritance: love  and harmony. Yet, God was faithful and did not let us slip too far away into chaos.

In the ancient days:

God was always pursuing a relationship with humanity: to heal us and restore order amidst the chaos. God entered into a covenant relationship with Abraham and his heirs. In liberation and judgment, in word and deed, God formed Israel to be God’s people to whom God promised a Messiah.

In the incarnation:

The messiah came.  Jesus Christ, the fully human vessel of the Word of God, entered into our human experience.  In life, Jesus lived in faithful obedience to God overcoming temptation and sin, bringing love, forgiveness, healing, mercy and justice.  In death, Jesus experienced human violence and hatred. On the cross he died an innocent death, bearing on behalf of human nature all our sin and shame. In resurrection, Jesus Christ overcame the power of death, giving us the hope of new life to come.  New life in Christ is available through returning to relationship with God through Christ by his Spirit. Through this relationship anyone can experience the mind of Christ; the forgiveness of sins, and the hope of the fullness of life and joy, now and always.

In the present and in the church:

God is with us by the Holy Spirit.  We are not alone.  Whereas Jesus Christ was born the Son of God, we through faith are re-born as sons and daughters of God, heirs of Christ’s life, light and love. As promised, the Holy Spirit was given to comfort and empower the church as the presence of Christ with us.  The Spirit nurtures, teaches, convicts, and empowers us with gifts for ministry to the world and the church.   We are also guided and comforted by the Holy Spirit through the Holy Scriptures and the gift of wisdom.   Interpreted, taught and proclaimed, the Scriptures guide and inform the church. The church, by the Spirit, bears forth the relational kingdom of God into the world, proclaiming and living out the presence, love, mercy and justice of God through Christ by the Spirit in word, deed and sacrament.  As we journey together in worship and faith, it is our aim to be transformed so to obtain a deeper knowledge of the love and mysteries of God and a fuller experience of Christ’s life-giving presence. Through our union with Christ, and in particular through Christian spiritual practices, we continue Christ’s incarnation into the world bearing the gifts of wisdom, joy, healing, wholeness, and love.

For the world and the future:

For the sake of the world and the glory of God, we seek creative ways to live the love and joy of Jesus Christ in our culture, communities and world.  The Gospel is the message of God’s relational love demonstrated by Jesus Christ.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, this love transforms lives from despair to hope, and from death to life. This relational love bears good fruit, edifying and transforming our lives day by day. God is bringing about the best possible future, and through God’s presence and action in the Gospel, God is drawing women and men, boys and girls of all nations and races into the Body of Christ where, as the family of God, we lift our hearts and voices in prayer, praise and silence, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Contemplative Companion for Monday, July 27, 2015

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches”.  – Matthew 13:31-35

My life is a tree, a standing silence in the wordless sky.

Grounded simply in the fullness of earth.

Growing full in the love of light radiating from those who attend with me through the forest of life.

It’s the company I keep, the companions of heart who surprise me the most, alighting among the branches of my days like song birds, gazing eye to eye, perhaps departing too soon.

I stretch forth, through the times and movements of days, years, storms, quiet summer days and star filled nights.

If I could move, it would only be closer. If  I could go, it would only  be deeper. If I could reach, it would only be toward the company of Beings my roots now touch and intertwine.

My life is a tree, a standing declaration in the wordless sky –

I once was just a seed, but I’ve become a canopy of love;

a living sanctuary of shared breath;

a house of words in which you may dwell;

a wooden cross  to carry you through a lifetime.

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The Contemplative Companion for Friday, July 24, 2015

“But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” – Matthew 13.23

Understanding. I seek it. I wish for it. In every aspect of my life. Understanding leads to fruitfulness. And real joy.

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The Contemplative Companion for Thursday, July 23, 2015

“I am coming to you in a dense cloud, so that when the people hear me speaking with you, they may always have faith in you also.” – Exodus 19.9

God’s presence is not always as we expect it. Hidden. Silent. The cloud calls to each of us to enter into the mystery, and surrender. In faith, we can hear God’s wisdom speaking to us with silence through the cloud of unknowing.

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The Contemplative Companion for Wednesday, July 22, 2015

“Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord.’” – John 20.18

My being is affecting my seeing.

I wish to grow so to see more deeply the presence of Christ in all.

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