Holy Saturday

The darkest day. The day of complete despair, desolation, hopelessness. Holy Saturday. Did birds sing on this day? Did the sun shine? Were children noisy and playful, or did the whispering of the somber adults quell them into watchful silence? Was there any part of creation that did not know all was lost? Did the … More Holy Saturday

The River

There is a river that is God, running right through my heart, soul, and body. It is where I live and have my being. The pulse and flow of my life beat within that river. The dancing light of my joy, the solemn depths of my sorrow, the varied stones of my cherished memories are … More The River

The Parent

I need to clean my glasses. I have spent the last three days making Christmas happen, and literally every time I have sat still for a minute, I have said to myself, “I need to clean my glasses.” I am the parent, among other things. I am the engine. I am the initiator, the concluder, … More The Parent

In the Dark

God plants seeds at night in the dark. Plenty of time in this season of the year to accomplish this planting. We are the soil – disturbed, restless. Sensing change coming, unable to envision the future. Our task, if we so choose, is to continue our nurturing work for ourselves, for each other, for the … More In the Dark

Mary Knew

Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”  And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me?  My hour has not yet come.”  His mother said to the servants, “Do … More Mary Knew

God In My Pocket

I kept God small. I didn’t do it on purpose. I didn’t even know I was doing it. But I kept God small, portable, in my pocket. I loved God. I loved my small God, and occasionally I pulled God out of my pocket, secured God to the dashboard, and said, “You drive.” But later, … More God In My Pocket

God Not Male

God, some of us need you to be female. We need your nurturing presence, your mothering energy. We know we are all made in your image – male, female, all points on the gender spectrum. We are all created by you, we all reflect your glory, and no human trait is limited to one category … More God Not Male


Conversion, maturity. Spiritual wholeness. The beauty of a wakened and contented soul. Facing each encounter fresh, with empty hands, ready to respond in real time to what is unfolding. The goal, the zenith, the path and the destination. But what if the encounter you are facing is a mess of your own making? What if, … More Fault

Surprise Lizard

There is this lizard who lives under the bush next to my front porch and who loves to sun himself on my front step exactly where I need to put my foot in order to climb the stairs into my house lugging groceries. I’m an animal lover, but this thing freaks me out. I have … More Surprise Lizard


  He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”  Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an … More Silence