Moments to Treasure – a Prayer Book

New Book Moments to Treasure Released

I’ve just released Moments to Treasure: Prayers for Navigating Life’s Journey, a prayer book that covers the seasons of life. It’s available on Amazon and CreateSpace, and the Kindle version (without pictures) is a free download through Thanksgiving 2013 (11/28). This book actually includes one prayer from Spiritual Response, along with about 29 others plus several reflections. The paperback includes color photos and is dedicated to my granddaughter, who’s doing very well.

I’ve set up a website for it and there’s a special offer to download FREE a fillable PDF document – where you can create your own special book – collecting all the inspiring and comforting words in one place.

I hope you find it useful.

John

Again a thank you!

Once again I have to say thanks! The response to the 2 free download days was great, and I hope that those who can now read the ebook find it helpful in their quest for a deeper faith, a deeper understanding of what they believe in and why.

I think it’s scary to face something held dear and question its validity. It’s not easy. It can shake the very foundations of one’s world view. So I understand when someone gets vociferous in defense of what they believe. I think after so many years of listening to others and discussing with them – notice how these discussions are covert attempts to convince the other that what you believe is right? – I decided I no longer needed to defend my position, nor attack theirs.

We’re each on a journey through this life, and our paths may cross multiple times, or merge for short or long distances. There are multiple ways to reach the destination, but I believe we will all reach it. What guides you on your path may not guide me, though above our separate descriptions of what guides us one master, in my view.

May your journey be more fruitful and fulfilling in this year.

A New Year Beckons

We’re on the cusp of the new year, and as I listen to people’s resolutions and consider my own, I also think that these are things that should be part of our daily life, not something we attempt only at the beginning of a new year. However, knowing my own failings, it’s a good point in time to renew our resolve, to reconsider what we are doing, what we are living for, and give thanks for each moment in our lives – even the difficult ones.

Thank you to those who have downloaded my new ebook, I Believe. I hope it guides you to deepen your own faith, to consider what you believe in, and come closer to God. Our journeys can cover many miles, or we can choose to rest in a comfortable place, never reaching out to see what may await us. I prefer to continue walking, not knowing exactly where I’m going, but cherishing each step as it brings me to a new understanding of humanity and faith.

Search out one new source of inspiration this year. It might surprise you what you learn!

John

A brush stroke in time – Victor Bellis

Victor Bellis passed on recently. As a friend, I did not know him that well, but I did see a resemblance to my own dad in him. I’m not sure why, because if you compared pictures, you would probably say they didn’t look anything like each other.

On our journeys we come across many other souls, and some of them just for a moment pass through. I once watched cars flowing past me on a highway and wondered what each driver’s journey was about. Victor crossed my path, and others have shared the richness of his life, and I accept the blessing he was in those brief moments we had.

It’s difficult to let go of a loved one, but I like his attitude of telling us to move on – he’ll be waiting for when we take the step he has.

Our lives are peppered by news of every little action others take in their thirst for attention – and the time we spend paying attention is time we’ve lost living our own lives, and touching those around us.

Thank you, Victor, for the opportunity to say hello and how are you. The sound of your voice now echoes in my soul.

Lent – Wednesday week 5

Did Jesus ask for directions into town? Or did he just know?

It feels safe to have a co-pilot, a navigator who can say ‘turn here’ and we turn without question. It’s riskier to travel alone, making our own decisions on where to turn. I think life is a combination of the two scenarios; sometimes going alone, sometimes deciding with another as our journey is a shared one.

Is it really shared? Or are we just making the same lane change as someone else? I like to think it can be shared, up to a point. What we don’t know is how it impacts the others’ journey.

Through both of these circumstances, though, our journey is shared with the sacred one.

With every step you take, God is.