Gathered Wisdom, June 15, 2021

A weekly collection of inspiration and resources for the journey, gathered from websites, books, and pass-alongs that have been shared with us. From The Wisdom Years – Spirituality for the Last Third of Our Lives.

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God’s Seedy People

By the Rev. Mike Marsh
From Interrupting the Silence

One of the things we learn in our wisdom years is that if we are growing we are changing. In his sermon on the parable of the farmer who sows seeds, Mike Marsh asks his listeners: “What seeds have germinated and taken root in you? What new sprouts are coming up in you? Where is growth taking place and what does that look like?” 

Read the sermon

More from Interrupting the Silence.

Overcoming Anxiety

A Renovare podcast with professor J. P. Moreland

When professor J. P. Moreland suffered a severe panic attack,  he turned to therapy, medicine, friends, Bible reading, and prayer, and he recovered. But when he suffered another attack ten years later, he devoured dozens of books on anxiety and spiritual formation, and prayerfully put into practice what he learned, including that it takes a long time to learn how to “cast all our anxiety on God” (1 Pet 5).

Listen to the podcast.

More from Renovare.

Authentic Living

A Green Renaissance film
Found on A Network for Grateful Living

“What are you here for? What are you living for? We’re here to do something, and it starts from being able to listen to that little voice inside,” says Nirmala Nair.  We are all here to do something, says Nirmala.  

Authenticity is being able to take the risk, “to follow one’s heart, and make mistakes and learn from that.”

Watch the video.

Green Renaissance produces short films that uplift the personal stories of ordinary people. Learn more about Green Renaissance. 

Learn more about A Network for Grateful Living.

Disciples with Many Faces

By Fr. Ron Rolheiser

In the gospel stories, we see that different individuals had different ways of connecting to Jesus, says Rolheiser. Not all were apostles or disciples.  Some who did not even follow him contributed to his cause.  “Each of us has his or her own history of being graced and wounded, formed and deformed, and so we all come to adulthood with very different capacities to see, understand, love, accept love, and give ourselves over to someone or something beyond us.”

Read the reflection.

More from Ron Rolheiser’s blog. 

Image Gently

By Joanna Seibert

Joanna writes of a friend, a pediatric radiologist, who heads an organization that works with physicians, parents, and medical organizations to  encourage using the least amount of radiation when performing tests on children. This effort, says Joanna, “is showing us how we can change the world by communicating and dialoguing with all people who share a special interest.” This concept is equally important in our spiritual lives. “We find more answers to our spiritual questions in community; whereas often we cannot understand our concerns by ourselves.”

Read the short reflection.

More from Joanna Seibert.

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