July 10, 2020

Daily Devotions

Meditation, Prayers, and Assorted Stuff for July 10, 2020

Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey, “Listening with Our Wounds”

To enter into solidarity with a suffering person does not mean that we have to talk with
that person about our own suffering. Speaking about our own wounds is seldom helpful to
someone who is in pain. A wounded healer is someone who can listen to a person in pain
without having to speak about his or her own wounds. When we have lived through a
painful depression, we can listen with great attentiveness and love to a depressed friend
without mentioning our experience. Mostly it is better not to direct a suffering person’s
attention to ourselves. We have to trust that our own bandaged wounds will allow us to
listen to others with our whole being. That is healing.

Today’s prayer is from “Fuerillas of Grace” by Ted Loder.

I Remember Now In Silence

plunge me deep into a sense of sadness
at the pain of my sisters and brothers
inflicted by war,
that I may learn again to cry as a child
until my tears baptize me
into a person who touches with care
those I now touch in prayer:
victims of violence,
of greed,
of addictions,
prisoners in poverty,
in old age,
in sexism,
people with broken bodies,
with broken hearts,
with broken lives,
whom I remember now in silence before you
because I have too often forgotten them
in the shuffle of my fretful busy-ness. Amen

Dad Jokes

I won an award for most secretive person at work. I can’t tell you how this makes me feel.

How many beers does it take to get a bird drunk? Toucans.

Oh No! I just burnt my Hawaiian pizza! I should have put the oven on aloha temperature.

Today’s links! 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/07/02/boxed-wine-rises-occasion-big-sales-growth-during-pandemic/5353975002/I promise I won’t tell…does this story apply to you?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2kHdywdJTYWhat happens when someone glues together
50,000 matchsticks and then sets them on fire?
Watch and see.

https://canoe.com/news/local-news/divine-intervention-surgeon-saves-hiker-on-trail-then-repairs-his-heart/wcm/899f54dc-8f4e-42e5-9656-02fec39227baRead how a surgeon saved a man’s life on the trail by performing CPR—and then operated on him and carried out quintuple by-pass surgery.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/supermarket-security-guard-holds-umbrella-over-dog/English supermarket security guard Ethan
Dearman is going viral for holding an umbrella over a
dog standing in the rain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOrhjgt-_QcIf you’ve never heard of Sister Rosetta Tharp, it’s time you did. Bob Dylan said, “She was a powerful force of nature. A guitar-playin’, singin’ evangelist.” Chuck Berry called Sister Rosetta the “Mother of Rock and Roll.

Sunday worship at 9 AM, with “Doughnut room” time starting at 8:30 AM. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/815064120, Meeting ID: 815 064 120

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Copies of “Our Daily Bread” have arrived in the church office. Feel free to stop by and pick up a copy, or help distribute them to others.


Don’t forget communion at Zoom church this Sunday! Stop by the church office to get a prefilled cup and wafer set. Help distributing them is much appreciated as well.


In-Person worship resumes, July 19! Watch for more details. (Zoom church will continue to be offered as well at 9:15 a.m.) **************************************************

Stay safe and stay well!