Blogging from Las Vegas

Where they have slot machines in the airport. Heading home on the Red Eye to Hartford. Alex tells me that in Swedish, “red eye” means very angry and ready to murder someone. Really it is not that bad.

GREAT final day in Palm Springs. The highlight was meeting up with Eric over at Two World Collision. We ate at the excellent organic vegan restaurant, Native Foods. I actually ate there three times this weekend, a place where EVERYTHING on the menu is vegan. I ended up ordering far too much food in hopes of trying everything.

Eric asked me a question about my Quaker practice and what I think about when I sit in silent worship.

He wrote about our meeting and had this to say about his question and my answer.

I asked him today if the silent prayer is more like just thinking the prayer rather than speaking it verbally or if it’s more like clearing the mind and not saying anything. He said that there are instances where it could be both but most of the time it’s clearing the mind and trusting that God already knows everything that we would like to say or ask Him. So it’s more about listening and receiving from Him. The analogy Peterson used was that it’s like when Jesus was entering Jerusalem and people were waving the palm branches but when He passed in front of them, the people bowed and laid their branches down on the ground in his path. He said it was kinda like that – being silent is like stopping everything (even in thought) to bow before the King. Whoa! That’s huge! I’d definitely like to incorporate that into my lifestyle. Now that’s a wonderful birthday gift! =)

Okay they are boarding. Gotta fly. Literally.

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    Peterson Toscano on November 14, 2006 at 7:40 am

    good news! three seats to myself. sweet.

    In answer to Eric’s question I also stated that I am silent in worship because the greatest gift I can give God is my attention.

    Off to an allergy induced slumber.

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    Anna HP on November 14, 2006 at 10:15 am

    How beatiful and so very true, the greatest gift one can give is without doubt ones attention. No matter the situation.

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    Eric on November 14, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    I always have such a wonderful time connecting with you Peterson! And the vegan restaurant was really tasty. =)

    I appreciate the way you share your approach to life and faith with me and others.

    Blessings!

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    Heath on November 14, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    Peterson, I’m so jealous of you! I wanna go to Vegas so bad!

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    Joe G. on November 14, 2006 at 7:36 pm

    Being “post-Quaker”, as you like to label me, this sort of post about silent worship bores me. However, I am happy that you had three seats to yourself… {ahem}

    Can you tell that I’m feeling better again?

    Sorry I missed you, however…:( although based on this post I’m sure you’re more than happy you didn’t.

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    Dharmashanti on November 14, 2006 at 9:58 pm

    Very cool. I have always been curious about the Society of Friends. Had no idea they were gay-friendly. Good to know. I’ll feel better the next time I make my oatmeal [grin]