Have you ever yell-prayed? I have. Hoo boy, I have. It’s a despairing spot to be in, but later, when it’s over and you’ve made up and you’re in harmony with God once again, it can be a deeply satisfying thing. It gives you a history with God. It gives you the confidence to say, … More Yell-Praying

Rainbow Weather

(Photo by Sally Holt) It’s rainbow weather here at church. So many tears. Sadness. Genuine grieving. Wet cheeks. Mascara problems. Deep sighs. It’s sad. And it hurts. But it’s rainbow weather. There is rain, yes, but the sun is shining, too. The children in the ministry moment. The choir. The stunning new worship backdrop. The … More Rainbow Weather


I just moved a snail from one place to another. It was entangled in yard debris, lying right in the path of danger, and I moved it. “You’re going to get stepped on,” I said, as I walked it from the confusion of the aggregate patio to the relative calm of the deck. This is … More Salvation


God, why do you wake me at 1:42 in the morning after a day of difficult and strong emotions? On regular days, you let me sleep. But on struggling days, you wake me at 1:42 in the morning. Why? What is it you think I am going to do? You know I’m too tired to … More 1:42am

Gifts and Graces

“I realized that maybe who I am — if I possess the gifts and graces for the episcopacy — maybe who I am could be a gift to the church at this moment.” — Bishop Karen Oliveto, Religion News Service, July 19, 2016 Gifts and graces. Just that. Gifts and graces. God among us, God … More Gifts and Graces


first a great wind after the wind, an earthquake after the earthquake, a fire after the fire sheer silence I have been told God is in the silence. Trouble is, I am in the silence, too, and I am not silent. Thoughts dart at my head like when you get too close to a mockingbird’s … More Silence