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
Take a metal can. Fill it half full with gravel. Put a lid on it. Bring it up to your ear. Shake, vigorously. The noise will be incredible. The noise will be all-consuming. The noise will be a whole-body experience. You will feel it from the top of your head to the soles of your … More Noise
I’m sorry, but you have to be awake for this. No sleeping. No sedation. No looking out the window thinking about the grocery list. Birth, death, rebirth – happening right now, in front of you, and you have to be awake for this. Which one are you? Are you birthing something? Is something new passing … More Awake
Birds sing in the turning time, as dark gives way to light. They don’t need convincing. They don’t need inviting. They don’t need listeners. They know that their singing is part of why the light comes at all.
For decades, I have cared what people thought. Really cared. Wanted to be liked. Wanted to be included. Wanted to be wanted. Very much so. A common human desire, I know, but not a helpful driving force in life, nonetheless. I pursued the elusive concept of cool to my own detriment, avoiding activities along the … More Filled
We wake this morning to a brand-new world. In the depths of the night, amid toil and travail, blood, sweat and tears, Christ has been born. The biggest move God ever made. Setting aside glory and magnitude and certainty, voluntarily becoming less and less until starting afresh with us, taking in that first cold breath … More Christmas
God, we are your people, made in your holy image. We come before you this day joined in prayer for peace. Our sin, both individual and institutional, as well as the adept way we turn a blind eye to it, has caught up with us. Our world seems to be imploding, and we are … More Peace: A Prayer for the Fourth Sunday of Advent