Tag Archive: Sue Monk Kidd

Oct 05 2016

Three Aspects of Forgiveness

WHY IS FORGIVENESS SO HARD? In Sue Monk Kidd’s fabulous book, The Secret Life of Bees. The author writes that, “If God said in plain language, ‘I’m giving you a choice, forgive or die,’ a lot of people would go ahead and order their coffin.” We cling to our woundedness and declare our hurt. It …

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Apr 24 2015

Counting the Omer- Day 7

    Tonight is our first Shabbas together counting the omer. Since Passover began on a Friday night, each week as we come together for kabbalat Shabbat we will count in multiples of 7, marking this time as we anticipate receiving the Torah on the holiday of Shavuot and preparing ourselves intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. …

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Apr 07 2014

Ten Strategies for Spiritual Resilience

Beginning this talk by saying thank you is not just an exercise in protocol.  It speaks directly to the theme of this gathering, which is, Spiritual Fitness.  Becoming an appreciative person is a top strategy for spiritual fitness.    1.   Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.  There is a reason that the phrase “count your blessings” …

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Sep 15 2013

Wait, Wait- What!

“Patience is a virtue,” or, as George Eliot expressed it more poetically, “The wine and the sun will make vinegar without any shouting to help them.”[1]  My children think I’m the most impatient person on the planet, but that’s only because they haven’t spent more time with my mom.  My parents were visiting AZ once …

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Sep 01 2013

Entering the Yamim Noraim

Forgiveness means so many different things to each of us. However we understand forgiveness, however we approach forgiveness, it is never easy. In fact, for most of us it is the greatest spiritual struggle of our lives. Sue Monk Kidd expressed it this way- “If God said in plain language, ‘I’m giving you a choice, …

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