Breath Prayers from the Psalms

The Psalms are the Bible’s prayerbook. It teaches all kinds of prayers for all kinds of situations. One type of prayer in the Psalms are short phrases repeated meditatively. I call these “Breath Prayers from the Bible.” They’re also “Prayers of the Heart,” “Abiding Prayers,” “Centering Prayers,” or “Arrow Prayers.” Here are some of the Breath…

Trust God as Abba in “The Return of the Prodigal Son”

The hospitality of God to us is so beautifully expressed in Jesus’ Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). But most of us struggle to experience the heart-warming love of Abba Father that Jesus offers in this story. Rembrandt’s famous 17th Century painting of Jesus’ parable, “The Return of the Prodigal,” is a great help. Linger with Rembrandt’s…

Negative Emotions

Negative emotions. We all have them. We all have struggled with how to deal with emotions like worry, anger, depression, shame, ambition, lust, or jealousy — even a psychologist like me who has devoted 24 years to helping people overcome emotional problems. Of course, having an emotion isn’t a problem — it’s normal. But how…