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It only takes a spark

This week I am away at the Journey Farthest Out, Tahoe retreat. While there, I will learn about prayer and practice peace, so I thought it would be appropriate to repost this meditation I wrote back in 2007. 


“I remind you now to fan into a flame the gift God has placed in you. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of inward strength, of love and of self-control.” 
2 Tm 1:6-18

This was my morning mediation today and it really rang true for me – I truly feel that working with Spirit in Action fans the Spark of Spirit that God has placed in me. The Spark is enthusiasm and hope, and God’s Spirit encourages me to fan that Spark into a light and flame that burns bright for all to see. A flame is not timid, it creates a warmth inside (especially necessary during Minnesota winters!) and gives strength to others who see it – passing on hope and encouragement. Prayers and communion with Spirit in Action partners will fan my spark into a flame today.

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I fan other Sparks each day – my flame grows stronger.

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