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To Know We Are All the Beloved John 20:19-31

April 25, 2015
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Holy One You come into the locked rooms of our lives and you speak into our fear and our doubt and our indifference You tell us who we are and send us out into a world where so many have lost their name and answer to hate or fear or power What would it mean?…

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Amazed

April 25, 2015
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Many things continue to amaze me.  How the tiniest thing can lift your heart; one bird’s song just before the day fades, or the sun like a tired mother leading her rain child away. And how a time of morning prayer, seemingly stolen by inner chaos and distraction, later in the day can open a…

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The Texture of Joy

April 15, 2015
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The last few weeks I’ve been thinking about texture; especially the texture of joy.  Perhaps I could have chosen a more vivid image, but I am writing about joy from the inside of fatigue.  I was feeling fatigue as a weight and then I imagined what it would be like to just go inside it;…

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A Resurrection Riff

April 11, 2015
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Resurrection:  A riff on the Bach-Gounod Ave Maria played by cello and piano Resurrection –  say it softly, as one must after the softening notes go wherever notes go when they no longer sound. Resurrection As I write this it is snowing The snow falls like the notes of the music And though at times the…

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Visio Divina

March 25, 2015
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Know yourself now in the company of those who search mystery for meaning; Imagine you are in this good company And imagine that in this company you are also solitary That you are private in this moment That no one sees you but the Holy One or Mystery herself Let your breathing be as it…

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Hinge Time

March 24, 2015
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Luke 9: 51-62 I read this text just before the Summer Solstice when the daylight hours reached their greatest fullness and began to turn toward the longest night. I read this text just as Jesus’ time in Galilee came to an end and he began to turn toward Jerusalem – he set his face. We…

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When Pigs Fly

March 23, 2015
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Block the text one great preacher says. See the action. Who is where in relation to the other? Who moves where in the text? What do you see? As I blocked the action in this our third story of healing in as many weeks it was as in the story of the widow’s son two…

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Jazz Vespers

March 23, 2015
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We had Jazz Vespers last night.  As I prepared by listening to jazz and reading in Jamie Howison’s God’s Mind in that Music:  Theological Explorations through the Music of John Coltraine, I was pulled into the conversation between freedom and constraint.

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Prayer Written Hiddenly

March 23, 2015
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Words shared with DMin Online Collegium I have been captivated for several years by the idea of prayer written hiddenly. I have read about this in a number of places most recently in Jan Richardson’s story of her artist friends who, each time they begin a new painting, take a few moments in quiet with…

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All That is Waiting

March 21, 2015
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poet David Whyte’s words

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Prayer for Beginning a Meeting

March 15, 2015
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Holy One, We come, each carrying our own story our own vision our own hopes and our own purpose all to be threaded into the great story that is Your life with ours

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The Memory of Ashes

February 18, 2015
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I woke early this morning wondering about doubt; turning doubt itself this way and that way in my heart. And I felt again the importance of practices.  On Wednesday night in worship I said these words: Dust you are and to dust you will return. Love’s you are and to love you will return.

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