Entries by Mary Jackle

Daily Meditation for January 18, 2019

January 2019 is a mere blip on the timeline of eternity. But it is our present, our chance to develop our talents, cherish our relationships and grow in love of God and each other. It is our chance to stand with open hands, open minds and open hearts to await the daily experiences in which […]

Daily Meditation for January 17, 2019

It’s common knowledge that the United States holds more people in prison per capita than any other country in the world. We build more prisons and spend more money on those prisons than any other nation. Why? In his book, Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson writes that brokenness is the source of our common humanity, but […]

Daily Meditation for January 16, 2019

The Roman god Janus, after whom January is named, is always depicted with two faces, since he looks to the future and the past at the same time. Janus is associated with doorways, gates, passages, beginnings, endings and time. He is also considered the guardian of peace.  Like Janus, people often look to the past […]

Daily Meditation for January 15, 2019

Recently someone said, “It gets harder to forgive as one gets older.” For some of us, our experience is just the opposite. It’s true that the longer we live, our failings and weak spots seem more evident to others and to ourselves, but they can also provide a chance to grow in love and forgiveness. […]

Daily Meditation for January 14, 2019

We’ve just experienced Advent, that beautiful season of waiting for the coming of the Prince of Peace. But for many of us, waiting isn’t over. Prisoners wait for the last day of their sentence; expectant parents wait nine months to greet their child; kids wait for the school day to be over so that they […]

Daily Meditation for January 11, 2019

Two lovely thank you cards came in today’s mail. Without my remembering that there was a concrete reason for receiving them, they arrived as a surprise and brought to mind those memorable words of Shakespeare in his play, “Merchant of Venice,” Act I4, Scene 1: “The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as […]

Daily Meditation for January 10, 2019

Trusting God’s grace, it is a new year on our calendars. There are, hopefully, heaps of snow everywhere closing us in for a time of quiet, restful peace after the beautiful but busy days of Christmas.  Now is the time to just relax and mull over those joys and loveliness we have experienced. Hopefully that […]

Daily Meditations for January 9, 2019

Someone once said: “There is a reason why God gave us two ears and only one mouth. The person who discovers the reason for this will often become a compassionate person.” Using our ears twice as much as our mouths could well provide us with the opportunity to learn how to listen to another’s story […]

Daily Meditation for January 8, 2019

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart” (Helen Keller). In the northern hemisphere, our thoughts of January are often that it is stark, cold and dark. Yet those very ideas can help us to appreciate the beauty of creation. January is […]

Daily Meditation for January 7, 2019

“Just sit next to me.” Could this be Christ’s answer to those who say they don’t know how to pray, but would like to? Several years ago, Janice had to leave a family gathering early to attend the wake of her friend’s father. As she passed her little five-year-old nephew who was seated on a […]