Archive for June 8th, 2022


Written by Elizabeth J. Canham, a pastor, author, and teacher of spiritual formation. This is an excerpt from her book “Heart Whispers: Benedictine Wisdom for Today.”

Benedict chose to simplify his life in order to be more available to God, to listen, and to learn the way of Truth. Others with a similar yearning soon joined him, and guidelines for their life together became necessary; hence the Rule, for simplicity is not easy. There is a risk involved in refusing to live by cultural norms, as well as struggle in trusting God for daily needs. Most of us will not be called to monastic life; our challenge is to find ways to let go intentionally of our dependency on things, status, and expectations. Only then can we make space for God’s word.


Written by Lesli White, a contemporary Christian author.

Dear Heavenly Father, help me to be grateful for what I have, to remember that I don’t need most of what I want, and that joy is found in simplicity and generosity. Amen.

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