March 12, 2015
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Read John 8:21-32

grapevine5b1[1]Once again I did not get up early enough to get my Lenten devotional practices completed before it was time to meet the needs of my daughter and her family, who will be living with us for several weeks, during this transitional phase in their lives.  Strangely enough, I did not feel my usual guilt over that failure.  As I pondered this odd situation, John 8:29 came to mind:  “. . . . The Father has not left me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”  Unlike Jesus to whom the verse refers, I do not always do the things that please God.  Puzzled as to why this verse had meaning for me in the light of my devotional lapse, I finally realized that love and sacrifice are the focus of Lent, which is reflected more in my efforts with my family than in my extra readings.

(c) 2015 Dorothy Castle

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My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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