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Dirk
Denver, CO
Seeker of meaning and stillness.
Interests: Photography, cooking, running, fitness, reading, mindfulness, peace and purity.
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Nathanael spoke for most of us when he responded to the invitation to come meet the Christ with, "Really? From Nazareth? Not likely!" Well, how would you think the Messiah should appear? And from where? How would you make yourself known if you were God come to walk among us?... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Silence itself is spiritual practice. Listening in silence is spiritual practice. The intention to listen in silence is spiritual practice. Creating the space to accompany the intention to listen in silence is spiritual practice. You will find God in the space, in the intention, in the listening, there in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I dreamed last night that I wandered a large Macy's store (located in a mall somewhere) anxiously searching for a restroom. I needed to pee. An employee finally approached me and asked if he could help. "Yes," I said. "Could you direct me to the restroom?" "Oh," he said nervously,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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It's Friday. I'm tired. I've attempted two blog posts this morning and scrapped them both; just not happening. I surrender. Have a great weekend, everyone! Text and image © 2018 by Dirk deVries. All rights reserved. Visit PhotosByDirk.com for fine-art photography. Visit The60SecondSabbath.com, where spirit and image merge. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I'm never sure what people mean when they say, "God spoke to me and said..." To be honest, I'm a little suspicious of this. My first thought is, "If it occurred to you to do such-and-such, just own it and do it. Have enough sense of self to take the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Yesterday I was challenged to identify my strengths in the context of a typical daily activity. I chose the morning's visit to the doctor. I've been having a problem with my right shoulder, so I went to see an orthopedic surgeon I had seen previously. To break it down: I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I woke up this morning. I'm up on my feet. I found food for breakfast. The furnace gave heat. The cats are both dozing, absorbing the sun. A few chores await me-- one errand to run. My aches are all small ones. My stress is quite low. I won't take... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I just love a good "Aha!" moment... unless I don't. I like a flash of inspiration, a liberating insight, the point when the lid pops off and up bubbles something refreshing, intriguing, fizzy... But then there are the epiphanies, necessary and meaningful, that feel more like a slap in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Today is the twelfth and final day of Christmas. Tomorrow we start the season of Epiphany, of light, of revelation, of inclusion, of welcome. Traditionally, today is the day to take down the greens, brought in weeks ago to remind us that life (and love) continue, even through Winter's (and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Here's an interesting bit of Christmas lore: When the shepherds hear the angelic announcement of the child's birth, it isn't until mention of the swaddling clothes and manger-- those symbols of divine humiliation and poverty, those signs of the Great Reversal, the Willing Impoverishment-- that we get the blast of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Christmas carols provide a rich (and nearly endless) source of reflective material for the continuing Christmas season. Carols are a subset of what might be called Christmas music, the former referencing the Christmas story, the latter including non-sacred songs of the season, (like "White Christmas" or "I Saw Mommy Kissing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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The greatest threats to our spiritual progress do not come from without but within. Perhaps the most dangerous? Certainty. We believe we (or our spiritual/religious leaders) have figured it out, and we need only listen, absorb, acquiesce and maintain the status quo. What we do is stagnate. Listen to the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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In line at the bank on December 26, I overhear the man ahead of me say to his son, "Huh, they're still playing Christmas music." Still? I resisted the urge to say, "Well, sure, it's only the 2nd day of Christmas. Christmas has just begun, and lasts until Epiphany on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Welcome to the grimmest of days in this season of hope and light. Looking for a cozy Christmas? You won't find it on December 28, the feast day of the Holy Innocents, when the baby boys of Bethlehem, 2 years and under, are slaughtered by Herod's thoughtless followers, sacrificed to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Today, December 27 (the 3rd Day of Christmas) is St. John's Day. This is John the "beloved disciple," the one who rested his head on Jesus' chest during the Last Supper, a gesture that makes greater sense when you read his full gospel; John, more than the other gospel writers... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Hi, Gabriel here. Gabriel who, you ask? Gabriel the angel, the one who pops in to make weighty announcements. Ring any bells? Ah, I see; not that familiar with the Bible, are we? Well, how about this: Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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And now, in defense of the use of Xmas in place of Christmas: No, this isn't an attempt to take Christ out of Christmas. No, this isn't part of a conspiracy meant to undermine the celebration of Jesus' birth. The X, in fact, represents Christ, coming from the Greek letter... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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An older woman at church and I were sharing our experiences teaching Sunday (or church) school, something she did for decades. She made the observation that kids can come up with some very insightful observations and meaty questions. She gave this example, from a boy in one of her classes:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I admit that I'm not a fan of Elvis Presley's music; I have nothing against it, I'm just not a fan. Couple that with not being a fan of one of his biggest songs, Blue Christmas, and that explains why I switch stations when it plays on the radio (as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Clothed in pale blue, eyes lingering adoringly on the infant in the manger, hands clasped to her breast, Mary worships her newborn son. Such is the image of Mary portrayed in countless Nativity scenes, on Christmas cards, in carols, and even in centuries-old classic paintings. But revisit her song--the Magnificat--... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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(to the tune, obviously, of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing") Hark, the harried shoppers cling to their bags of tech and bling, fleece and purse and tempers riled. What to get a new grandchild? Gleefully the merchants sing, eyes aglow with each ka-ching. Hark the harried shoppers fling budgets to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Ah, a cute baby in a manger. A recent trip to St. Nick's, a vast Christmas store near Denver, revealed a host of nativity possibilities, including a set of black bears (yes, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, etc. were all adorable bears), a set peopled by Peanuts characters, and the strangest of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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Sending and receiving Christmas cards was a bigger deal when I was younger. As a kid I thoroughly enjoyed the annual onslaught of colored envelopes shoved through our front door, which, when opened, yielded endless creative scenes of holiday cheer-- snowy farmhouses, partnered cardinals, decorated trees, wreaths and candy canes,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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The old maps were correct when they warned: There be dragons. There be dragons still. Advent invites you to venture beyond comfortable boundaries into unexplored portions of the spiritual world. Advent asks you to let go, to open your heart and spirit to the potentially disturbing (but ultimately transformative) entrance... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath
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I don't care so much if you believe in God, for I'm convinced that God believes in you. That's what really matters. Text and image © 2017 by Dirk deVries. All rights reserved. Visit PhotosByDirk.com for fine-art photography. Visit The60SecondSabbath.com, where spirit and image merge. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at The 60-Second Sabbath