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By Charles W. Sidoti, BCC: https://sidoticharles.wordpress.com/

I have experienced enough of life to realize that there are definite personal advantages to becoming a more patient person. I have made it one of my lifetime goals. I call it a lifetime goal because it may take that long for me to actually become patient. There is nothing wrong with that; it won’t happen overnight. In the meantime, I have made what I consider to be a giant step forward by realizing the great truth that patience is not passive. This powerful spiritual principal is contained in the words of sculptor Auguste Rodin who said, “Patience is also a form of action.” It may be one of the most powerful forms of action we can take. The statement “Patience is also a form of action” represents a radically different way of understanding the meaning of the word “patience.” When someone reminds us that we “need to be patient,” it can cause us to feel frustrated. Being told to “be patient” seems to force us into passivity, a helpless, hopeless desert of waiting. The desert of waiting is created from the erroneous belief that absolutely nothing will happen with regard to our situation unless we personally do it. If I believe this to be true and have reached the end of what is within my control to do, regarding something or someone that I care very much about, then frustration is a completely logical emotion to feel.

To understand how “having patience” can be a form of action, it is first necessary to realize that having patience is about being open to other possibilities regarding the outcome of events or situations in our lives as we stand before an uncertain future. It will require a letting go of the need to receive an immediate answer to our many questions. Patience, in a healthy sense, involves really believing in the existence of a power greater than me and trusting in that power enough to allow it to act upon my situation without my constant interference. To live patiently is to decide that you can live with the questions and let the answers come to you through the unfolding of events.

The classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz is the story of Dorothy Gale’s journey through the beautiful and magical Land of Oz. The purpose of Dorothy’s journey is to see the Wizard who will, hopefully, grant her heart’s desire which is to go home. The Wizard of Oz is widely recognized as a story which, on many levels, relates metaphorically to our own journey through life. If you have seen the film, you may recall the beautiful scene in which Dorothy, after just arriving in Munchkin Land, encounters Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Dorothy has just received instructions from Glinda on how to get to The Emerald City, where The Wizard of Oz lives. She is told to, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” Dorothy walks to the place where the Yellow Brick Road begins, and says aloud to herself, while questioning the strange directive, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road?” Turning to look at Glinda, she asks, “But what happens if I…?” At this point Glinda cuts off Dorothy mid-sentence and with a tinge of sternness in her voice says to Dorothy, “Just follow the Yellow Brick Road.” The Good Witch then floats away and disappears. Dorothy does indeed follow the Yellow Brick Road with her questions yet unanswered. She is able to set the questions aside for the moment. Dorothy is able to trust enough in the counsel she received from Glinda to place her feet upon the Yellow Brick Road and begin her journey through the Land of Oz. We know from the story that the answer to Dorothy’s many questions was given to her through the living out of that journey.

The dialogue between Dorothy and Glinda, especially Dorothy’s response, humbly accepting the directive from Glinda to follow the Yellow Brick Road, is worth further reflection. Dorothy’s response is analogous to that of the Blessed Virgin Mary in her response to the news of the Angel Gabriel that she was to become the mother of Jesus. Luke’s Gospel tells us that Mary was “perplexed” by the angel’s greeting, and further expressed that she did not understand how she could conceive a child in her womb, because she was a virgin. In the end Mary set aside her questions and trusted in a power greater than herself, a power that was beyond her ability to understand. “Mary said, ‘I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say.’ With that the angel left her” (Luke 1:38). The answer to Mary’s questions came as she lived out her life’s journey, and in so doing became a central part of salvation history.

Mary’s patience toward getting the answer to her questions was also a form of action, a very radical form of action. Mary’s patience was an acknowledgment of the power of God to act in her life in an unimaginable circumstance. It was at the same time a most profound expression of trust that the word of God spoken to her would be fulfilled. In the same gospel, when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, part of what Elizabeth said to Mary included these words, “Blest is she who trusted that the Lord’s words to her would be fulfilled” (Luke 1:45). Our lives contain a mixture of events, some of which are good and others that are tragic, that are beyond our ability to understand. God asks us to trust in the midst of these circumstances in the same way Mary and many other figures from Sacred Scripture were called upon to trust. When we choose to practice patience instead of insisting on receiving immediate answers to our questions or to know beforehand “how” God will work things out in our lives, our patience becomes a powerful form of action. The verse from the Book of Proverbs mentioned earlier also applies here, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

The contemplative connection: Call to mind a situation in your life to which responding with patient-trust might be appropriate. Accept the anxiety of allowing your questions to go unanswered for now. Ask God to help you to move forward in trust, confident that the answers you seek will be given in the living out of your life. In this way your patience is also a form of action.


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“Under all we think, lives all we believe” (Antonio Machado, Spanish poet)

By Charles w. sidoti, Visit Blog: https://sidoticharles.wordpress.com/

Antonio Machado’s words direct our attention to the very center of our being. It is interesting to observe, however, that in turning our eyes inward to examine our own inner landscape (our inscape) we are not able to see much beyond the thoughts that happen to be occupying our mind at that particular moment.  It is like looking into a deep lake. We are able to see a few feet down, but what lies beyond is mysterious and dark. The words of Antonio Machado point to what lies beneath the first few feet that we can see to the dark mysterious part of our inner world below the surface and beyond our vision.  The medical world, particularly the field of psychiatry, has theories about the significance of the deep, unknown realm of our being. Religious writers, including the writers of Sacred Scripture, address it as well. I will touch briefly on both the secular and the religious theories, exploring how they are similar, and more importantly, how we might benefit by becoming more in tune with the deeper, unknown parts of our being.

Antonio Machado’s statement connects what we think, our conscious thought, with what we believe, something that is much deeper. Our beliefs reach up, influencing us from a place within, a place beyond our comprehension. A belief is different than an opinion. Unlike our personal opinions, beliefs have more to do with our unconscious mind than with our conscious thought, and they are, for the most part, inaccessible and unknown to us.

One definition of the unconscious is, “The part of mental life that does not ordinarily enter the individual’s awareness yet may influence behavior and perception.” The theories of world-renowned psychiatrists Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung affirm the influence that our unconscious mind may have upon our conscious thought and behavior. The idea that your own beliefs are mostly unknown to you may sound absurd, yet that is precisely what the very potent words of Machado’s statement imply.

Psychiatry teaches that one way of thinking about the unconscious mind is as a place within us that is mostly inaccessible to our conscious awareness, yet is nonetheless real. It is, at least in part, like an inner storehouse of all our experiences, good, bad, or otherwise. From within, hidden from our awareness, it shapes our core beliefs, influencing how we think and how we interact with the world. The content of our unconscious mind emerges in our dreams and intuitions.  Acknowledging the existence of the unconscious mind helps us to truly appreciate that every human being is a deep and mysterious creation, and further, a creation that is still actively evolving and growing.

Sacred Scripture often refers to the human heart, the inner life, much in the same way that psychiatry refers to the unconscious mind. Both describe something quite real, yet beneath the surface, hidden from the view of others and for the most part hidden from our own awareness. The words of Jeremiah are appropriate: “More tortuous than all else is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it? I the Lord, alone probe the mind and test the heart” (Jeremiah 17: 9-10). Perhaps the clinical term, unconscious mind, and scriptural references to the human heart are like two sides of the same coin in that they both refer to a place within each of us that holds the truth about who we really are, influencing what we believe, how we think, and spurring us on to continual growth.

The words of Machado”s quotation, “…lives all we believe” are significant. To say that something lives within us is a strong statement. It suggests that the source of our lives comes from within our very being and that it is intimately connected to the beliefs which make us who we are.

Believing that the source of life at the center of our being is the living God can help establish a life-changing connection between our conscious awareness and the indwelling presence of God.  The words of a beautiful St. Louis Jesuit song called, Your Eyes, written many years ago suggest that we look deeply into our own eyes and listen for the affirming voice of God that speaks to us from deep within. Trusting in God’s presence within us tunes us in to the divine communication emanating from the very center of our being.

If our unconscious mind or heart is something like a living, evolving storehouse of all our experiences and all the collective moments of our lives, it is comforting to realize that God is the author and master of all those moments. God was present in all the moments of our lives when they occurred. God is present in our unconscious where they now reside. God chooses to work from within us, permeating even the deepest part of our being.

“Under all we think lives all we believe.” Our unconscious mind may always remain mostly unknown and mysterious to us, and that is as God intended it to be.  We can benefit by choosing to trust that God is present at the very center of our being. As we sense God’s subtle way of communicating to us from within, we learn to reach out in love to others, discovering that God is indeed present in and fills all of creation. “Oh, that today you would hear his voice, harden not your hearts…” (Psalm 95: 8).

The Contemplative Connection:  The next time you are in front of a mirror take a moment to look deeply into your own eyes. Consider the awesome mystery of your being, and the indwelling presence of the Living God in light of the verse from Sacred Scripture, “The Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21).

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via Daily Prompt: Mystical

God’s ways are mysterious to us because of our inability to see into the future. We do not have God’s perspective.

Written by Charles W. Sidoti, BCC, / Blog: https://sidoticharles.wordpress.com/

Like it or not our lives are unfolding mysteries. I say “like it or not” because sometimes it is very hard to let our lives be a mystery. Often, we would much rather know the outcome of things – now. The old Beatles song “Let It Be” has always held special meaning for me. The wisdom of the song’s message seems to apply especially well in regard to coming to terms with the realm of mystery in our lives. The question is, “Can you…let it be?”

When we talk about the realm of mystery in our lives we are talking about everything and everyone both in this particular moment and beyond. It includes what has already happened in our past and its relationship to what is yet to come. The realm of mystery in our lives is, in large part, about what the future holds for us and for those we love.

Many people, myself included, enjoy a good mystery. The elements of mystery, intrigue, and surprise make for good reading, storytelling, and movies. In fact, without them the stories, movies, and books we enjoy so much would be boring and bland. It is interesting to observe that the very thing we look for in movies and books to make them worthwhile, the element of mystery, is often perceived as threatening to us when it comes to our own life. Mystery, as it unfolds in the life of a character in a movie, we experience as pure joy and entertainment. This is because we have no real stake in the outcome of the story or the fate of the character. Not only do we enjoy the presence of mystery in the movies we watch and the books we read; we are actually healed by it. Perhaps what is so healing about a good mystery novel is that by reading it, by allowing ourselves to be absorbed in the story, we enter a state of being where we accept the element of mystery, or the unknown, in our minds and hearts. Again, because we have no real stake in the outcome of the story, we are not threatened by it, yet we still benefit emotionally from its healing effect.

And yet, so much of our actual lives are an unfolding mystery, in that the future is unknown to us. So the question becomes: How can we begin to transfer some of the acceptance we have for the element of mystery in books and movies into our own lives as we face the very real future?

The first step is to realize that the same “element of mystery” that adds spice to the things we find entertaining also adds spice to our real lives and makes living worthwhile. The more we allow this truth to be integrated into our life, the more we will be able to let life be a mystery. Learning to see the unknown element of your life (the future) no longer as a threat, but as simply the way life is, will allow you to relax. It will enable you to participate, and to respond more freely, to the unfolding mystery that is the story of your life.

Connecting Point: It has been said, “The Lord works in mysterious ways.” It is absolutely true. God’s ways are mysterious to us because of our inability to see into the future. We do not have God’s perspective. Just for today, try to believe that God is doing God’s part in your life in ways that, at least for now, may be unknown to you. Believe that, eventually, God’s unseen work will be made known to you. Realize, however, that it may only be in hindsight that you are able to see it; and that is something to look forward to!

Prayer: Lord, it is hard to wait, especially when I feel alone and confused. Help me to respond with enough trust in you to allow some measure of mystery in my life. Help me to learn to live with the uncertainty that is a naturally occurring part of life, as unsettling as it is. In those times, help me to really believe that you are at work in my life in ways yet unknown to me, and to trust in your work on my behalf. Help me to be patient. Amen.

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There is a classic psychological question you may be familiar with that is related to our ability to wait on God: “If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it, does it still make a sound?”

This article is an excerpt from,Living at God’s Speed, Healing in God’s Time,” Written by Charles W. Sidoti.

When we pray the words of the Serenity Prayer (short version), “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference,” we present God with three requests:

1) The first request is for the ability to accept the things that we cannot change. Here we ask God to help us to entrust those things that are outside of our control to God. And it right to ask for this, for we need to let God do God’s part.

2) In the second request we ask God to give us the courage to “change the things we can.” In this request we ask God for the courage to do the things that are within our control in order to change those things in our lives that need to be changed. It is right to ask for this, for this is our part.

3) In the last line, we ask God for the wisdom to know the difference between the two. It is in this final part of the prayer where peace is to be found, because it helps us to separate what is our part from what is God’s part. We need to do our part, and we can rest assured that God will do God’s part.

It may take what seems a very long time for the work God is doing to evolve to a point where we can perceive it. Often, it is only in hindsight that we can perceive what God has done. It is important to realize that there is an in-between time that we all experience in our faith life. It is the time that comes after I have done what is within my control to change my life, while still waiting on God’s part to be realized.

Living patiently with joyful hope in the in-between time can be one of the most challenging and yet most rewarding things we can learn to do. For an action-oriented person, the in-between time can seem like a time in which not much is happening, or at least not happening in the way, or as rapidly, as we would want it to occur. If we are experiencing a fearful or lonely period in our life, it can be especially difficult.

This in-between time can seem like an awful desert. We may quickly grow impatient and begin trying to implement changes ourselves. That is certainly not always wrong, but more often than not, actions motivated by our impatience don’t obtain positive or lasting results. We need to learn to become more comfortable living in the in-between period, giving God time to do God’s part. If we can learn to be patient during this period, we will discover that is is possible to find a balance between when to make things happen and when to let things happen. We will gradually come to understand that the in-between time that we may perceive as being a kind of down time is actually quite fertile. Things are developing and taking shape during this period, although we may be unaware of them.

The ability to let God do God’s part, to be patient during the in-between time, depends largely on whether we really believe anything is happening while we are waiting. There is a classic psychological question you may be familiar with that is related to our ability to wait on God: ”If a tree falls in the forest ant there is no one there to hear it, does it still make a sound?” To believe that a tree falling in the forest, without anyone there to hear it, truly does make a sound requires a certain level of spiritual development and trust. The answer to this question can be an indication of whether a person truly realizes that he or she is not God, or instead has a false, inflated sense of his or her own importance and ability to control life. It suggests a level of growth in which we are able to perceive God as “Other,” and that is significant. It means that we truly believe there is a Higher Power (referred to by many as God) who can and does act upon our life in ways that may yet be unknown or at least unclear to us. That belief, that knowledge, makes it possible for us to wait.

Neither making things happen nor letting things happen is right for every situation. There are times when it is appropriate to take action and other times in which waiting a situation out, allowing it to evolve, is the right thing to do. It is important to realize that both stances, both attitudes toward facing particular situations, are required of us at different times. It is in learning to discern which manner of approaching life is appropriate for a particular situation that inner peace is to be found. It can be helpful to ask yourself from time to time, in relation to whatever might be happening in your life, “At this time, should I be making things happen or letting things happen? Is what I am focusing my attention on now within my power to change, or is it outside of my control?” Trust that the answer will intuitively come to you, and allow yourself to be guided by it.

Connecting Point: Most of the time, giving a situation time to evolve is a good idea. Learn to trust in the slow work of God in your life. Although you may not be aware of it, trust that it is taking place, because it is. How do you want to spend your in-between time: fretting…or confident, trusting that God will do God’s part?

Prayer: Loving God, letting go after I have done what I can, and trusting that you are at work in my life in ways yet unknown to me is difficult. Help me to trust during my in-between time so that I may have the peace of mind of knowing in my heart that eventually “all shall be well.” Help me to realize that your work in my life does not depend on me always being aware of what you are doing. Grant that I may give you the benefit and the respect of trusting that you are doing your part. Amen. 

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By Charles W. Sidoti, BCC

As a child growing up in a Christian family, I had a belief in Santa Claus that was a fun and exciting part of the Christmas holiday.  When I had children of my own, I enjoyed seeing the excitement on their faces as they heard the story of magical jolly fellow who lived at the North Pole and delivered gifts on Christmas Eve to all of the good little children.  All of this he did while riding on his magic sleigh with eight tiny reindeer!  What could be better?  One day my eight-year-old son, Charles, and I were taking a walk with our dog when he asked me, “Dad, is God like Santa Claus?” I had to pause for a moment.  The last thing I wanted to was explain away the wonderful childhood fantasy of Santa Claus for him.

The reasoning that led Charles to ask this question is very easy to understand. To him, it seemed completely logical that God should exist in exactly the same way as a character like Santa Claus.  Think about it.  A child never actually sees Santa, although children do see Santa’s “helpers” at the department store. Children are told that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole and keeps a close eye on kid’s behavior, rewarding the ones who are good and disappointing the ones who are bad.  As the words of the ever-popular children’s Christmas song, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, say:

He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!”

At approximately the same age that children are told about Santa, they also begin to learn about God.  To a child, God is also explained as someone with seemingly magical powers.  Children are told that God is watching over us from heaven, a place that seems as remote as the North Pole. They learn that God is also someone who cares about hem, knows everything about them, and wants them to be good.  Children learn that God’s helpers are called angels, who are all around but never seen.  Santa’s workers are called “elves,” and we can’t see them, either!  And just as with Santa, we never see God.  It is little wonder why Charles asked me if God was the same as Santa.

At some point, we need to grow beyond a child’s understanding God. Our relationship with God must grow and evolve with us into adulthood or it will cease to contain meaning, just like our relationship with Santa.  Every meaningful relationship grows and changes or it simply dissolves.  Our relationship with our parents is a good example.  A small child sees his or her parents as all-knowing, all powerful beings.  If our relationship with our parents is a healthy one, it evolves as we grow into adulthood.  It is then that we are able to see and appreciate our parents for what they really are, human beings.

What determines if a relationship grows or ends?  The difference is communication.  With Santa there is no real two-way communication, because there is no real Santa.  With God it is different.  Growing in the awareness of God’s presence in our life and becoming aware of God’s constant communication are what is meant by learning to live a contemplative life.  For our relationship with God to be meaningful and real as adults, we need this awareness of God’s presence and recognition of the many ways  that God communicates with us.

The transition from believing in a magical, Santa-like God to growing in relationship with the Living God happens in ways that are as individual as we are.  Each person’s relationship with God is different.  Personally, my exposure to the monastic tradition, especially the writings of Thomas Merton and other contemplative authors, has had a profound impact on my own spiritual development.

One of the greatest gifts that the monastic tradition can bestow upon a person is what I refer to as the development of a contemplative mindset.  By a contemplative mindset, I am referring to the realization that God comes to us from within creation, indeed from within our very selves.  God isn’t “up there” somewhere, removed from this world.  God is present within the context, the events, of our everyday lives.  It is within the events of our everyday life that God desires to meet us, guide us and heal us.  The awareness that all of life is Sacred, that all of God’s creation is good and the place where God dwells, is a profoundly healing realization.  It is the fruit of attentively waiting upon the Lord through the events and the circumstances of our lives.  When you see God in this way, it is impossible to think of God as Santa Claus like figure, somewhere far removed from us and looking down.  No, God is very close, indeed an in-dwelling presence.

Connecting Point:  Your image, the way you think of (or see) God, should grow and evolve as you journey through life.  Do you think yours has?  Ask God in your own words to place in your heart the desire to grow in that relationship.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to grow in relationship with you, the “Living God.” Direct my heart that I may wait patiently upon you to reveal yourself to me.  May I become increasingly aware of the many ways that you communicate your love and presence to me every day.  May I respond sincerely through my life with others and in the solitude of prayer. Amen.

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As coordinator of spiritual care at the hospital I am sometimes called upon to conduct memorial services and other types of religious services for the hospital staff, patients, and visitors. Unless a service is specifically for a particular faith group, such as a Communion service for Catholics, my goal is to have it be an interfaith experience, where people from any religious tradition will feel welcome and included. Sometimes I work with members of the local community clergy in developing particular services. Most of them are very happy to participate in developing an interfaith service which always turns out beautifully.

There was one time, however, when the interfaith spirit was not present. A local church leader who wanted to conduct a city-sponsored, community prayer service in honor of the annual National Day of Prayer contacted me. She had already been in touch with several church leaders and was calling to invite me to the planning meeting at City Hall. At the meeting, I noticed that there were only Christian clergy represented. I listened to the ideas being presented about planning the service. It sounded like it was going to be a Christian service pure and simple. No one brought up that since this was to be a community event, it was only right to include clergy from the community’s other religious groups (non Christian) in the planning.

I mentioned that I had noticed there were only Christian clergy represented at the meeting, and that as a hospital representative on the committee, I needed to be sure the program would be a true interfaith event in order for me to participate.

The immediate response I received seemed cordial enough. One person spoke up, saying, “Yes, we probably should do that to be politically correct.” Someone else chimed in saying, “Okay, we will invite the rabbi and the imam to be correct, all of us are grounded in the truth. We all know what it’s really all about.” I felt like I was at a “Good Old Boys’ Club” gathering where it was assumed that everyone felt the same way.

I was quiet for a moment as I processed what I heard. Then feeling as if I was going to burst, I said, “I’m sorry but I don’t agree with that. I don’t think that we should invite them (the rabbi and imam) as a token in order to be politically correct but really not value them. I don’t see it that way at all. I feel that the participation of other faith traditions will enrich the program.” There was silence. I’m sure there were others who felt the same way, but no one else spoke up. At any rate no one challenged me.

It is not only Christians who can practice religious bigotry. This underlying attitude toward other people’s beliefs can be found in every religion. Most often it is kept hidden, harming the person who thinks that way more than anyone else. If you believe that your way, your belief, is the only way, and that everyone else is either wrong or misinformed, in addition to the ill will you create, you cut yourself off from the spiritual riches and wisdom that other faith traditions have to offer.

In my daily work as a chaplain, I work with many people, including religious leaders from several different faiths. If I am welcomed to pray with someone who is Jewish, whether it is a Psalm or some specific prayer from his or her tradition, or with a person who practices Islam, I am honored and humbled and consider myself tremendously blessed by the experience.

In my heart there is no barrier between me and another person who is reaching out for God’s healing and peace within the context of his or her own religious tradition. I have found that I do not have to know everything about a particular religion to be welcomed by a person who practices it. I just have to convey that I respect and honor them and their spiritual path. Honoring, respecting, and welcoming other people and their beliefs into my life is the key that has opened many doors for me with those people, and provided a wealth of spiritual growth as well.

Connecting Point: Today, consider how you really feel about religions other than your own. Do you believe that other religious beliefs have anything to offer that can enrich your spiritual journey?

Prayer: Good and gracious God, help me to live in your world free from the divisiveness that religion can create. Instead, help me to realize that other people’s beliefs lead them to you as the beliefs that I hold dear lead me. Grant that I may never tread upon another’s dreams or beliefs. Amen.

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Living at God’s Speed, Healing in God’s Time

A book by Charles W. Sidoti, BCC

An excerpt: No one likes to wait.  We often find it difficult to accept, and yet so much of our life’s journey seems to involve waiting for God to reveal the hidden meaning behind the changes that take place in our lives.  It is important to realize that not all waiting is the same.  Waiting on God is not like waiting for a red light to turn green, where nothing really changes except the color of the light.  As we wait on the Lord, there are significant and purposeful things occurring behind the scenes.  These “things”  are God’s work taking place within the changes that occur in our lives.  The reason you and I have to wait is because God’s work is accomplished and revealed to us in the daily unfolding of our lives, slowly and over time.

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This is the perfect book to read during Advent and great gift idea for someone that you care about.  In, Living at God’s Speed, Healing in God’s Timeyou will find insights that can help you to face the times in which you are forced to wait out a situation, and do so with hope in your heart.  It is my prayer in writing this book that it help you to see the time that you spend waiting on the Lord as a time that is full of promise – God’s promise.

Read the Introduction, Table of Contents and a Sample Chapter on the Twenty-Third Publications website:  http://store.pastoralplanning.com/liatgospiing.html

Buy it on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Living-Gods-Speed-Healing-Time/dp/158595831X