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Rev. Naomi King
Unitarian Universalist minister, pirate, knitter, and lover of life!
Interests: knitting, gardening, laughing, cooking, reading, social media, using this wheelchair to go places!
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Spiritual practices do many things, like orient us towards the Holy, or strengthen our connection to all of being. Some practices strengthen our breathing and others strengthen our body and yet others strengthen our reasoning and our feeling. Many spiritual... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Wonderment
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Climate change has already displaced and will increasingly displace so many people, across and within national borders. One of the persistent fears during evacuations is that folks will not be permitted to return and will lose everything they value, from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Moving through world as I do, I am daily dependent on the kindness and knowledge of strangers. Most of these are strangers I will never meet, like the people maintaining ocean buoys that track water temperatures and aid in forecasting... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at The Wonderment
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When suffering is increased in our world through obstinacy and turning away from the cries of the beleaguered, dismissing or downplaying those cries, or suggesting that those now out of resources can simply arrange themselves some more like the people... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2019 at The Wonderment
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There is so much suffering and grief in this life, in our world. How we do we ever sing anything besides dirges or dance passionately or dream of unknown worlds or launch ourselves into discovering what is yet to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Home: it can mean so many different things to each of us. Home is a place we live much of the time, or a family that raised us, or an escape from work, or a nest of love and care,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2019 at The Wonderment
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Towards the end of each year, I spend time in meditation and prayer considering the daily spiritual themes - or touchstones - to focus on in the next calendar year ahead. In 2018, I had settled into making way for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at The Wonderment
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In a week of so much terror, grief, and turmoil, we aren’t that far away from the people in Micah’s time who are fearful, exhausted, and wondering where hope can be found and when relief will appear. We’re not all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2018 at The Wonderment
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Reflection on Philippians 4:4-7 Once I entered a church as the choir was practicing the song “Enter, rejoice, and come in!” But my head and heart were elsewhere and what I heard was “enter, read Joyce, and come in!” How... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2018 at The Wonderment
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Second Sunday in Advent 2018 This week’s lection calls us to turning, and it isn’t so much a turning toward checking our shopping lists and the ingredients on our favorite cookies, though we might indeed be doing both those things... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at The Wonderment
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Advent begins with words to a grieving people, people suffering the loss of loved ones who have died, who are exiled, who are displaced, who are shattered with hurting. When we are driven out of ourselves, when we have no... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at The Wonderment
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At the end of our days, let us be thankful. Sit down beside us, Beloved, in the garden, and let us rest against your knees, that we may recount why we are thankful and how, knowing we can number only a tiny portion of the reasons we have for such... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Oh, Beloved, fly beside us as we let go of unworthy goals, dropping what is holding us back from what really matters and tending to what we can do right now, with who we are right now, with the heart and hope and gifts we have right now. Turn us... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Wisdom teach us in reflection and in doubt, in failure and in success, in all the ages and stages of our lives. Teach us to pause and examine where we are, who we are, where we are going, who we are becoming. Teach us to pause before we choose, that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Each day may we wake to the possibilities therein, to the choices before us, moment by moment, asking over and over again, "is this choice the one of becoming someone I would respect?" Wisdom help us shed the association of respect with fear, for while we can admire the power... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Courageous Love bear us when we are too weary to bear ourselves, when we falter and when we fall. Hold us steadfastly and bring us to the place of peace, when we cannot go there ourselves, when our steadiness is gone and our strength has washed away. Courageous Love bring... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Beloved, when you come knocking, may we be ready. Let us not call out for five more minutes, but wholly, heartfully whirl into the dance. Beloved, when you come knocking, may we be ready. May we be ready to be surprised by joy and to be challenged to change what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Are we living in a half-frozen smelly morass or is the sky bluer than blue and the trees greening? Can't we be in the morass and still love the bluer sky and greening trees? Is there not wonder there? Beloved help us shift our understanding and open our hearts again... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Quiet Love hold us close, separating us from the rush and rumble of the day, the persistent noise that presses us into tighter and tighter places until we have no choice but to press back simply to breathe. Steadfast Love hold us gently, breathing with us until we find the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Mystery and Wonder may we pause to dwell in reverent awe at least nine times a day, or seventeen, or fifty-three, or some uncountable number that startles us back to the heart of being over and over and over again. In the pause between the day and the night, may... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Lover of Life join us in singing a new song, a song we don't yet comprehend, a song of promise, a song of now and not quite now, a song that leads us into new ways of being that we yearn to embody but have not understood how to be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Lover of Life dance with us in the light of love, the light of grace, the light of wonder, and the light of joy. So many of us need just a little more love or grace or wonder or joy. So many of us do not fully appreciate how much... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Lover of Life, grace sheds light into each of our lives. May we know our own power in creating and sharing grace with others, with making space in this world for wonder and dignity and generosity and kindness, leaning into our best selves when it is so much easier to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Beloved teach us to approach each day with zest, surprising ourselves and others with our gratitude for this life, ready and awake to receive the blessings offered to us, ready and awake to offer blessings to others. Beloved, guide us in living each day with zest, finding our opportunities to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers
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Beloved, when we are tired there is so much we struggle to do, struggling even more than usual, struggling with less grace and skill than we have in fresher moments. Help us find a place of grace in our weariness and the restoration of love and wonder that the end... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at UniversalistPrayers