Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality

October 2011 Archives

Breaking Traditions

posted by Cheryl Petersen

When my husband and I got married, I was introduced to the Petersen Christmas traditions. My sister-in-law brought tomato aspic to the Christmas dinner. No offense to those of you who like tomato aspic (cold molded tomato juice), but I […]

Investment with a Return

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Investors live with a certain amount of uncertainty. The results of their investments are dependent on factors that cannot be controlled or predicted, such as the direction of interest rates, the pace of the economic recovery and how the market […]

Poetry and Piano

posted by Cheryl Petersen

I sometimes listen to Cheryl play piano and sing. She sings terrible, but that doesn’t ruin the poetry. Here is one song: “Shepherd, show me how to go O’er the hillside steep, How to gather, how to sow, How to […]

Hawayo Takata Practiced Art of Healing

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Hawayo Kawamuru was born on December 24, 1900 in Kauai, Hawaii. She married Saichi Takata and had two daughters.  Soon after, Saichi Takata died suddenly and Hawayo Takata, who then went by the name Takata, was left to care and […]

Previous Posts

A mask of compassion
In my observance of life, I’ve noticed a human trait that can get out of hand. We humor ourselves or others. I’m not talking about humor, hahaha. Wittiness and fun lay low when we want to humor someone. To humor someone is to indulge them, to give them slack, or comply with what they ar

posted 8:14:24am Aug. 27, 2014 | read full post »

Getting out of the rut
Moses lived a few hundred years after Joseph, the guy who saved the children of Israel from starvation by bringing them to Egypt. The move to the land of plenty was a glorious salvation. By time Moses was born, the children of Israel became lazy followers. They expected the leader, Pharaoh, to fe

posted 8:31:11am Aug. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Authentic baptism
Last week, I was asked by Chris to come watch his baptism. He decided he wanted to be baptized in the Susquehanna River. The day was lovely. The event was touching. Chris’ family was there and church friends. We all sang: Shall we gather at the river? By Robert Lowry, 1864 Shall we gather

posted 8:39:05am Aug. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Human intentions are secondary to the intentions of the Holy Spirit
Promises generally come with good intentions, however, neither the promise or the intentions have the power to fulfill themselves unless resolve, endurance, diligence, aplomb, grit, and common sense pulls through. Human promises are inert without the Holy Spirit. Promises fall out of our mouths a

posted 7:35:41am Aug. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Cats howling
Beautiful day yesterday. Had all the house windows open to feel the fresh air. I was cleaning the floor on my hands and knees and faintly heard howling angry cats. I drop my cloth, run to the back door, put on my rubber boots and dash down the driveway to find the source of the bawling. There

posted 6:50:26am Aug. 13, 2014 | read full post »


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