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Renew yourself spiritually!

Des Moines, Iowa -- On February 2, 2010 we celebrated Groundhog Day. We waiting eagerly and patiently to see if Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow or not. To my disappointment and others we will be getting six more weeks of winter. Honestly, I'm really not looking forward to that because it just seems like winter this year is lasting forever.

By the way how are you doing with your New Year's resolution? I read somewhere that many resolutions are broken between January 2 and the middle of March. The top ten resolutions according to meditation library are: lose weight, get out of debt, get organized, help others, reduce stress, quit smoking, be confident, get a better job, make friends and to improve marriage. One that did not make this list that is very common is to improve one's spiritual life. As we draw nearer to spring it may be a good idea to do a spiritual check up. We may want to ask ourselves are we satisfied with where we are spiritually?

Last week at the VA in Dayton I had an opportunity to participate in a Hindu memorial service for our Community Living Center Medical director who was Hindu. It was very different and really stretched me spiritually but I was thankful to have participated in the service. Sometimes I believe when we stretch ourselves to understand other faiths it makes us appreciate and understand our faith backgrounds more. So I challenge you to renew yourselves spiritually and ask the hard questions about your faith walk or journey within your tradition. What is it about your spiritual life that you would like to improve or get better at? My prayer is that you would find the peace that surpasses all understanding as you serve God in your capacity.