“Mysteries, Yes”

As long as we’ve had necks to bend and fingers to point, people have been staring up into the sky. For so long, we didn’t know what was beyond the sun, moon, and stars visible with the eye. And, now, we know a great deal about the great beyond, and, yet, the sky hasn’t lost…

Let beauty be.

What beauty have you known? In his book “Sabbath,” Wayne Muller tells the story of a beautiful neighborhood, with a beautiful church. “When I worked as a community organizer in the poorer Boston neighborhoods,” he writes, “we often had meetings with local teachers, parents, clergy, and social activists, trying again and again to listen for…

For Children Like Us

Children’s book author Sandra Boynton writes bright, funny books starring energetic, often dancing animals. A favorite is called Snuggle Puppy. It goes like this: “Oh snuggle puppy of mine, everything about you is especially fine. I love what you are. I love what you do. Fuzzy little snuggle puppy, I love you.” Children’s books are…

Light has come.

When did you know Christmas had come? I knew on December 28th. A virus knocked me out for several days. But, on December 28th I woke up feeling good. I woke up before the sun to the sound of my daughter’s little voice crying out with hungry cries. I picked her up in the dark…

A Prayer for Students

God, Teacher, Friend, We are starting something new; You know what that’s like. We are starting the new school year. Backpacks are by the door again. Lunch boxes are packed daily again. Paper is stacked; notebooks purchased; classrooms assigned. Some days we feel ready. Some days we really don’t. We are excited. We are nervous….

In Search of Quality Time: Ephesians 5:15-20

“Make the most of your time,” Ephesians tells us. These days, I often want more time. I wish I could add 2 hours to every day. Maybe you wish that too. And, I worry about how I am spending it. Am I spending enough time exercising? Is my child spending enough time sleeping? So hearing…

Reading the Bible with Mary Oliver, Vol. 5: Unstinting Happiness

It’s late summer, and although fall’s busyness is fast approaching, I refuse to let go of summer’s grace-filled happiness. READ Psalm 84:1, 3-5, 10, 12 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at…

My Imperfect Lent: Monday, 2.19.18

I got a silly/sweet valentine this year that says, “I love you when you’re smart, and when you’re following a clue…” Adjacent to ‘smart’ is a picture of a cat holding a Physics book, and next to ‘following a clue,’ is a cat looking for her sunglasses, while her sunglasses are clearly sitting on top…

My Imperfect Lent: 2.17.18

Jesus prays to God, for us: “As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us… that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent…

My Imperfect Lent: 2.16.18

Paul writes Philippians from prison, probably in Rome. And, he urges two women, Euodia and Syntyche, to get along. Evidence, today, that life is complicated, uncertain, and guarantees suffering and disagreement. No flowery language of feel-good faith should hide or cover-up or erase life’s challenges. This hurts people. But, Paul sure tries his best to…

My Imperfect Lent: 2.15.2018

CONFESSION. I spent way too much time writing yesterday’s post. READ. Psalm 27: 1, 4 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? One thing I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: to live…