Scent of a Full Life — (prayer for the end of the day) from Uruguay

Gifts in Open Hands

This remarkable liturgy in two voices for the end of the day or the week is the gift of Sergio Bertinat of the Iglesia Evangélica Valdense en el Río de la Plata, Dolores Uruguay. The translation is by Lucy Berrios Taveras.
Gracias desde mi corazón.

Scent of a full life

Voice 1
We come to you Lord, as we finish our tasks;
Some of us bring our frustrations in tow,
Others the joy and satisfaction of achievements,
And others with no feelings whatsoever
We have finished

Voice 2
We come to you Lord, as we finish our tasks;
And here you are waiting for us
The fire burning,
A fish on the grill,
And bread, the memorial bread
Of miracles and communion

Voice 1
We come to you Lord, as we finish our tasks;
You invite us to come closer,
To form a circle,
To bring our fish,
The achievements we’ve…

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Advent: PEACE comes from the Four Winds

Manantial de Gracia / Spring of Grace

Lucy and Orlando Taveras

Scriptures: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalms 80:1-7; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

Focus Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9

Question for reflection: If someone told you that you would see God face to face, what would you do to prepare?

In response to the question posed to us, luckily we know that one day we will see God face to face, although that day is unknown. While we wait for the day when we will get to see our creator face to face, we all confront the challenge of preparing for that blessed day. It is a challenge because of the battle between the spirit and the flesh. On a daily basis we all sin and must make conscious of doing our duty in everything God requires of us. The bible tells us exactly what we need to do in preparation.

In Isaiah 64, we read about a prophet who is…

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If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent

As a parent of a beautiful and intelligent person who happens to be gay, I am in awe and grateful for this.

john pavlovitz


Sometimes I wonder if I’ll have gay children.

I’m not sure if other parents think about this, but I do; quite often.

Maybe it’s because I have many gay people in my family and circle of friends. It’s in my genes and in my tribe.
Maybe it’s because, as a pastor of students, I’ve seen and heard the horror stories of gay Christian kids, from both inside and outside of the closet, trying to be part of the Church.
Maybe it’s because, as a Christian, I interact with so many people who find homosexuality to be the most repulsive thing imaginable, and who make that abundantly clear at every conceivable opportunity.

For whatever reason, it’s something that I ponder frequently. As a pastor and a parent, I wanted to make some promises to you, and to my two kids right now…

1) If I have gay children, you’ll all know it.

My children won’t…

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Madurez Espiritual / Spiritual Maturity

Manantial de Gracia / Spring of Grace

Mide tu madurez espiritual y asume tu responsabilidad. Algun@s decimos que somos espirituales, pero no recordamos que podemos ser inmadur@ toda una vida. Si todo el tiempo te la pasas diciendo/escribiendo que “el Diablo esto y lo otro” donde esta tu madurez, siempre estas proclamando que estas batallando, pero nunca ganas. Pobre Diablo, le das responsabilidad por cosas que tu haces, dejalo quieto! el esta haciendo su trabajo, el tuyo es madurar y darle la Gloria a Dios por todo lo que EL permite en tu vida para que madurez. La madurez espiritual debe ser nuestr@ prioridad, si no es asi nunca creceremos, seguiremos siendo immadur@s.

We need to measure our spiritual maturity and assume our responsibility. Some of us say that we are spiritual, but remember that we can also, be immature all our lives. If all the time you say/write that “the devil this and that” where is…

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