(or what comes after) Not one but two deaths, to hammer home that we are but dust, as if smearing ashes on the forehead just wasn’t enough. A memorial service, followed by another vigil, sandwiched between math tests, Latin vocab and baking bread. Old stories heard fresh reread and retold through a book of wild … Continue reading
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Part 1 I find myself alone, a coincidence of one child old enough to fly a thousand miles on her own, and another still willing to go on a Daddy walk in all the old places. So I sit, coffee and pastel M&M’s in hand, feeling the emotions of the last two days roll through, … Continue reading
“Dear Jenny, just a thought, but what if you spent some of the time talking to God that you spend writing to me about boys in your class?” Those words, penned by my camp-counselor-turned-pen-pal, set me on a course of talking with God that has spanned my life to this point. As I grew to … Continue reading
A “useless” hour with God
I had the opportunity to spend a one day retreat recently at the gorgeous Sisters of Notre Dame, in a lovely nearby town. I offer a few images from the day, and a thought on the importance of solitude from Henri Nowen. “True Christian discipline is the human effort to create the space in which the … Continue reading
Let the Son-shine in!
in the corner
I’ve so been enjoying the February Beautiful series, I decided to keep it going with Lenten Beautiful. This photo is from some prayer time at my church (a 24/7 vigil between Ash Wednesday and First Sunday of Lent).
Preparing for Lent this week (the penitential season of 40 days before Easter), I read the following words in our church’s weekly bulletin, written by our Deacon. A very simple explanation of a very profound experience, they capture how the church calendar mimics, defines and elevates the human experience. There’s a place in Christianity for … Continue reading
A Collect for Refugees and Immigrants
We prayed this prayer at church this morning (from the Book of Common Prayer) – a moving plea and beautiful invitation to us all. A Collect for Refugees and Immigrants: Heavenly Father, from whom every family on earth derives its name, have mercy on all those who sojourn in this world. As you sheltered your son … Continue reading
Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord! Words week after week, sometimes sung, and usually with hands up, down and across – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Those words ring out today, hundreds of voices proclaiming and waving palms, re-living that day. We are that crowd, hungry for Someone and … Continue reading
What if Jesus’ disciples were teenagers?
I had one of those moments recently where something, which may or may not be obvious, occurred to me for the first time. You know that feeling, when your mouth hangs slightly ajar, you blink as if in slow motion and a look of comical confusion comes across your face? That sinking feeling that what you … Continue reading