There are junctures in life when we encounter hardship in that journey. Sometimes the causes are from the outside world, sometimes from within us.  Hardship comes in many forms.  Our relationship with the outside world, with relationships, and within our own center are key factors. 
In the I Ching, hexagram 39 is called “Hardship”, and these are words of guidance from that text which I share with you today:

If one loves others,

and they do not respond in the same way, 

one should turn inward and examine one’s own love.

If one treats others politely,

and they do not return politeness,

one should turn inward and examine one’s own politeness.

When one does not realize what one desires,

one must turn inward and examine oneself in every point.

Hexagram 39:  Mencius resonating with Confuscious
The Complete I Ching:  A  Definitive Translation
Posted:  July 16, 2020
Rev. Mary Ann Tourjee


Today –

Take time to “see” the world around you

and “know” that Sophia,

the Divine Feminine aspect of the Nameless Light,

is Present in all that you see!

Celebrate the Abundance

that has been given!

Know that the Earth is a Living Spiritual Being –

Go into this day knowing that you are in the Presence of God!

Posted: July 15, 2019
Rev.  Mary Ann Tourjee


“EL” is the first name given for God.  This name holds the image of God — male and female, all encompassing, diverse, many faces, many names.    And so I use “EL” as I speak of God today. 

But who am I , and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?  Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.

1 Chronicles, 29: 14

Hands, Lord —

Your gift to us.

We stretch them up to You.

Always You hold them.

Your hands,


became a sign

of Your love

no time can erase.

Your hands

which have us

inscribed on their palms,

pour down blessing

on the details of our days.

Laurel Bridges
from the Celtic Daily Prayer
Posted:  July 14, 2020
Rev. mary Ann Tourjee