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Lectionary Living

Lectionary Living

By Barbara Laymon
Exploring the Sunday scripture readings of the Revised Common Lectionary from a family systems view; Centering daily life around the Sunday readings through questions for reflection; Becoming more oneself and more connected with others.
Dr. Barbara Laymon, author and host, is a family counselor in clinical practice. She has published a religious novella with Augsburg Books.

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All God's Creatures Die
Managing the fear of dying is an option
05:49
October 25, 2021
A Bigger View
Perspective changes everything
05:55
October 25, 2021
Persistence
Wondering how life works brings amazing non-answers
05:55
October 13, 2021
Keep Us Ever Mindful
Awareness of the needs of others is part of growing up.
05:50
October 7, 2021
Togetherness
Too little, too much, or just right, it's always there
05:50
October 7, 2021
If I perish, I perish
Sometimes it's enough to know one is doing one's best
05:42
September 20, 2021
Happy
How comparisons get in the way
05:23
September 14, 2021
It Don't Come Easy
Life and Peace, that is. 
05:60
September 8, 2021
Healing and So Much More
Motivation matters
05:14
August 31, 2021
Autonomy and Focus
It's up to you - no one else can take your self away
05:05
August 23, 2021
Energy
Good intentions become realities when a person focuses on goals
04:44
August 23, 2021
An Understanding Mind
The great prayers are the humble prayers
04:38
August 8, 2021
Opportunities
Time-limited chances to find the eternal in the mundane
06:36
August 8, 2021
Growing Up
Calming down comes first
04:32
July 25, 2021
Derailed
The inner impact of losing contact with others
04:58
July 25, 2021
What you don't know
Gaps in the family story keep everyone stuck
05:20
July 8, 2021
A Tad of Emotional Maturity
Now more than ever, every bit helps
05:15
June 27, 2021
How the Mighty Fall
The advantages of fear and trembling
05:16
June 20, 2021
Triangles
Seeing how a group is wired can make a difference
04:56
June 15, 2021
Letting Go
Practical realities make a difference
04:47
June 8, 2021
Self-Rule
You too can be a king or queen every day - over yourself
04:56
June 2, 2021
Contemplating a squished cicada
The fear of death gets in the way of living
05:02
May 23, 2021
Not a Pretty Picture (5/23)
Managing oneself can take all day!
04:45
May 16, 2021
Ordinary Life (5/16)
Bringing daily opportunities to know one another better! 
04:51
May 12, 2021
5/11 Laying it down
On having a self to sacrifice
04:24
May 4, 2021
Challenging Times (5/2)
Moving from reactive to realistic
04:37
April 27, 2021
Catching On
It takes time to calm down and see
05:02
April 13, 2021
Authors All
How does your life story reflect what you believe? 
04:11
April 4, 2021
Easter
If it sounds like a duck and it questions like a duck...
03:02
March 28, 2021
Palm Sunday Crowds
Group pressure is part of life - how one responds is what matters
05:34
March 23, 2021
The Backstory
 
04:60
March 15, 2021
Small Steps
On avoiding helplessness
04:45
March 7, 2021
Lessons on Being Human
Jesus offers an Anger Management Workshop (RCL 3/7/21)
05:50
March 1, 2021
Today's Gift
Time for Amendment of Life
04:51
February 23, 2021
Repent (2/21)
As needed
04:49
February 15, 2021
Limping Along?
Getting clear with yourself can help
05:51
February 8, 2021
Mother-in-Law (2/7)
Being needed makes a difference
04:20
February 1, 2021
The Real Thing (1/31)
Authenticity is in short supply
05:10
January 27, 2021
Right now (1/24)
No time like the present to start being who you want to be
04:42
January 18, 2021
Avoiding Deceit (1/17)
AKA telling the truth
05:30
January 12, 2021
Epiphanies Happen (1/10)
The problem is noticing when they do.
05:04
January 2, 2021
Tension (1/3)
The pressure to move from confusion to clarity can be a good thing
05:02
January 2, 2021
Freedom
Trying to please others can get in the way
05:42
December 20, 2020
Being human
Mary leads the way
04:23
December 14, 2020
Scripture and Self (12/13)
Looking for meaning? You won't be the first to find it in the Bible!
05:08
December 12, 2020
Moving On (12/6)
Visualizing a way out begins with having an intention in mind
05:03
December 3, 2020
Trying times
Facing tribulation with maturity beas the alternative
06:36
November 27, 2020
Surprise!
The great good news about relationship processes
04:57
November 15, 2020
Talents
A 21st century reminder that much work lies ahead, both individually and co-operatively
04:03
November 15, 2020
Wisdom
How wise girls have more fun
05:23
November 6, 2020
A Humble Life
Humility allows a person to sleep at night
05:53
November 2, 2020
Two things (10/25)
Identifying and doing what matters are ongoing opportunties
04:59
October 19, 2020
Trick Question (10/18)
For a good debate, bring both intellect and emotions!
06:34
October 12, 2020
Make an effort
Come as you are, but bring your more grown-up self to the party
05:45
October 2, 2020
Back to Basics
In anxious times, ten solid rules have a lot to offer
05:34
October 2, 2020
Too much talk and not enough action (9/27)
A fairly new century sings a very old song
05:56
September 22, 2020
Contagious!
Fear, anger, and blame spread faster than covid-19.
05:57
September 12, 2020
How many times?!
Unlimited opportunity to grow oneself and let go of the rest
06:09
September 7, 2020
Going High
A scriptural approach 
06:09
September 2, 2020
Counter-Intuitive
To find your true life, what will you have to lose? 
06:20
August 28, 2020
Family challenges
All families have challenges. The choice is whether to engage or avoid them. 
05:55
August 17, 2020
Defining or Defiling (8/16)
Spoken words - or texts or tweets - can either define or taint the person talking. 
05:55
August 11, 2020
Oh Brother(s) (8/9)
How families keep passing their immaturity on
05:58
August 4, 2020
A Long Night (8/3)
Tossing and turning? Wrestling with fears is biblical!
05:49
July 27, 2020
Deceit Motif
The trouble with deceiving others is losing one's own self along the way.
05:41
July 21, 2020
Not-so-Social Distancing (7/19/2020)
Seemed like a good idea at the time? How long-term distancing can solve one problem and create more.
05:45
July 14, 2020
Fortunate Son? (7/12/2020)
Even though John Fogerty taught us to sing I ain’t no millionaire’s son, each of us has a birthright. Finding the way to it is worth the (considerable) effort it may take!
06:05
July 6, 2020
Jackpot! (7/5/2020)
Seeing the family emotional process is its own reward
08:02
June 27, 2020
Conversations (6/28)
Because avoiding human sacrifice may be at stake
06:28
June 23, 2020
Laughter Lost (6/21)
How immaturity works to stop the fun and grow the troubles
06:12
June 15, 2020
Hope in Harsh Times (6/14)
Cooperation matters, now more than ever
05:38
June 9, 2020
True Humility
Humbled by Covid? True humility is hard to say and harder to do!
07:03
May 31, 2020
Leading from Anywhere (May 31 Pentecost)
Leaders in any group are those who bring focus to a common goal.
05:39
May 27, 2020
Praying in tough times (Easter 7)
Prayers offered in tough times can make a difference
05:35
May 19, 2020
High School Logic
Reflections on loving anyone or anything
05:56
May 10, 2020
Troubled
Distressed, agitated, tense, mentally worried, going to extra work? This week’s posting is meant for you.
05:16
May 8, 2020
Smarter sheep
A short commentary about bad leaders, a good shepherd, and what is up to each of us.
05:41
April 30, 2020
Four not-so-easy steps (Easter 3)
On the road to Emmaus, one sees a display of what we humans are up against (ourselves) and a way out of the predicament.
05:13
April 22, 2020
Plenty to do (Easter 2)
Shut up in our homes for fear of the virus gives us a lot in common with the disciples, behind locked doors in today's reading. Turns out, there's a lot we might be ready to learn now.
05:34
April 15, 2020
Redemption! (Easter)
Celebrating Easter during COVID-19 may be a stretch. What does redemption look like in these times?
05:37
April 10, 2020
Sheep Flu Pandemic (Palm Sunday)
Can human behavior be described as a sheep flu pandemic? My blog post for the April 5 (Palm Sunday) readings considers the days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus.
05:32
March 31, 2020
Coronavirus, Anxiety, and Scripture (March 29 Lent 5)
Reflections - fair warning, longer than usual - brought to you by the novel coronavirus.
08:25
March 29, 2020
Nobody's Fault (Mar 22 Lent 4)
Two very different people – David and the man born blind – and the capacity to live according to the way things really are.
17:59
March 15, 2020
Grace (Lent 3)
Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well: a case study on finding the grace in life
05:23
March 10, 2020
View from Above
A bit of the Nicodemus in all of us: what gets in the way of becoming more of a self, born from above, where the perspective on life is bigger.
05:37
March 3, 2020
Everything Takes Practice
How humans are tempted - and how practice in standing up to temptation can make a person more fully alive.
05:01
March 1, 2020
A Family Therapist Looks at the Lectionary for January 19th
A Family Therapist Looks at the Lectionary for January 19th
04:50
February 19, 2020