July 25, 2019

“Don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I am doing a new thing! See,
already new paths in the wilderness and streams in the desert are bursting out.”

(Isaiah 43)

This passage from Hebrew scripture slid unbidden into my brain early this morning as a

June 21, 2019

Listening. Have you ever had the experience of telling a friend something that mattered
a lot to you and having them respond with a similar story of their own or even talk right over you? Did you feel frustrated or invisible? I’ve had that happen a couple times recentl...

March 21, 2019

A friend shared a church meme with me the other night, something about Jesus saying “I gave them the Beatitudes, why do they keep studying Leviticus?” And I laughed and thought about church history and our penchant for rules and checklists and certainty. The need to be...

February 28, 2019

“Don’t kill the rough draft” was the heading of an assignment in poetry workshop today.  Everyone around the table was baffled at first but as our instructor began to explain, knowing smiles grew.  She said most poets have trouble with the creative process being blocke...

January 17, 2019

For my last birthday a friend gave me a book of cues for reflection and thought. Each
day has a brief question or instruction with space to respond in writing. Today’s question was, if you could do whatever you wanted for
one hour
one day
one week
one month
one year

December 21, 2018

Remember the Bible story about the miraculous multiplying loaves and fishes? (See
Mark 6:32-44) How at the end of the story it is said there were twelve baskets of leftovers from the feast?

As a youngster I sometimes wondered about those leftovers. Wondered who brought...

November 22, 2018