Daily Devotional: Forgiveness as the Power to Re-write Your Painful Story

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Some years ago I did a series on the Lord’s Prayer.  I think this prayer focuses on the heart of our faith and call to do justice, so I am sharing these thoughts again to help ground us in the trying times we are in.

Your progressive redneck preacher,

Micah

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Here are the words of the Lord’s Prayer, as included in my United Church of Christ Book of Worship:

“Our Father,

Who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

As we forgive those who sin against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For this is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen.”

I am continuing this morning to reflect on the…

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A ‘gentle manifesto’ – Autistic advocacy and representation

During autism month in Canada, here are some things to consider.

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Until very recently, the prevailing view in society has been that autistic people are incapable of doing much at all and needed even the most basic decisions made on our behalf. Ideas of Autistic Pride and Neurodiversity would have seemed almost universally preposterous until quite recently.  Virtually all the discourse and thinking on autistic people was told by neurotypical  people. This is the background which still informs a lot of people’s thinking in our current world.

Along with countless autistic friends and colleagues and neurotypical allies, I stand against that view. I see that autism is more a difference than a a series of inherent deficits Many of the challenges we face are not intrinsically related to our autism but to our experiences intersecting with and trying to navigate what is often a very hostile world. We hear the stories of bullying, violence and victimisation and horribly they continue.

But…

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Trees In Transistion VII

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INTRODUCTION

Later on today I hope to have time to put up a few more posts, but for the moment just to keep things coming here is the latest installment in my “Trees in Transistion” series. 

THE TREES’ TALE

The heading for this section is a nod to Richard Dawkins’ “The Ancestor’s Tale”. These pictures do feature some trees not previously featured, and to borrow from another famous writer I hope that “age doth not wither nor custom stale my infinite variety”…

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Daily Devotional: Forgiveness — Not a Straight Path but Winding Journey

progressiveredneckpreacher

Some years ago I did a series on the Lord’s Prayer.  I think this prayer focuses on the heart of our faith and call to do justice, so I am sharing these thoughts again to help ground us in the trying times we are in.

Your progressive redneck preacher,

Micah

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I continue looking at prayers that have both pulled me and others through personal trials and struggles.   In the last several posts I have looked at the Lord’s Prayer itself.

Here are the words of the Lord’s Prayer, as included in my United Church of Christ Book of Worship:

“Our Father,

Who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,

As we forgive those who sin against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

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I cannot but help to stay in the forest.

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The forest is not always an easy place to live in. For every soft, lovely clump of moss there is among the trees, there is some agonizing terror that creeps into your brain or body and tries to remove you from the forest, whether physically or mentally.

As I continue existing in the forest, it feels as though these terrorizing things affect me more frequently and to a greater extent. Because of them, I often find myself overwhelmed and unwelcomed by the forest, like I am some parasite it is trying to destroy. When the wind blows a sharp stick into my nose, how could I not feel like the forest does not want or need me? When every squirrel I see gives me a mocking glare as it hurls menacing chuckling sounds at me, how can I continue to think the forest is not trying to get rid of…

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The soothing of a lovely harp

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The harp lets that soothing feature goes by. Feeling like it should be set above the clouds. A lovely soul lets out an harmony into that perfect ambience.

An instrumental feeling from a harp comes from that soothing dream. A dream that shall fulfilled that joy of the mind.

Listen to that soothing sensation and imagine a perfect dream that’s inspired by that soothing instrument. A harp shall bring that relaxing feeling along the way.

Harmony from a harp takes a soothing sensation.

A joyful sound shall be met with peace.

Relaxing into that peaceful mind.

Peace with a soothing impression.

A harp sounds peaceful

into a soothing texture

letting that soul flow



Inspire by this video:

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Happy Feral Cat Day!

Art by Nicole Corrado

Today is International Feral Cat Day.  Feral cats are cats that have been born outside with minimal or no human contact before seven weeks of age.  Descended from abandoned or lost pets, as well as wandering pets, these cats live in families of cats known as colonies.

The life span of a feral cat is about three years, compared to the life-span of a house cat, which is upwards to twenty years or more.  Because feral cats are wild, they are prone to the same danger other wild animals faced namely predators and disease.  Being wild animals, these cats don’t adapt well to indoor life.  The best way to help feral cats is to prevent more from being born, through a Trap-Neuter-Return program, in which feral cats are fixed and vaccinated before being returned to their colony.  Toronto Animal Services Scarborough location has a free TNR clinic at 821 Progress…

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