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A Child Can Lead Us

August 17, 2023
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Over and over this summer I’ve experienced the ways children bring us into an awareness of the presence of what is holy. Whether you spell Spirit with an ‘S’ capital or lowercase, children slip into ours hands small and treasured and take us wading. They splash us with the serious and the surprising.  With their imagination, their wonder,…

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Blessing the Backpacks (with bubbles)

July 31, 2023
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(The worship leader could say the words of the following prayer alone or it could become an echo prayer with the children and any who bring backpacks repeating the line after the leader.)   Loving God,You are with us in every placeAt homeAt schoolOn vacationIn places that feel wonderful and places that feel scaryYou are…

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Stars and The Breathing Land

June 22, 2023
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Last week I gathered with a group who had come together from many places to imagine landscapes old and new. We did that by recalling our ancestors, those who had inspired us, but also those who had knotted the rope of our past, those who had wounded us or gone astray. We opened to the…

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Wildfire Rain

June 3, 2023
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Rain is falling,thrumming, steady on the deck boards as I wake in the dark. Rain has arrived, like a nurse,in rooms of exhaustionplumping up the hard pillows of dry earth,tenderly touching the burnt boards of dreamsAnointing their fallen doorwaysreleasing the love they surrounded,to soakdeeplyinto the aching hearts of those who are bereft. It is like…

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Rural Roots Going Through the Holy 2023 Going Deeper

May 11, 2023
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Author note: written by Dr. Marvin Lee Anderson Rural Routes Through the Holy: Thrive Where You Are Rev. Dr. Catherine Smith, in her article Somewhere, United Church Rural Ministry Network, Fall#11, quotes the geographer Tim Cresswell: “Place, at a basic level, is space invested with meaning in the context of power.” Catherine asks: “Who defines power?…

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Holy Week and Easter: Prayers on the Breath

April 1, 2023
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May you risk the road and be graced by what you haven’t planned ~ I am travelling away from home during these marked days.  I will be travelling to enter the delightful, loving chaos that days with children and grandchildren offer.  I’ve chosen this travelling gratefully, but it opens questions in me.

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Peace Holds Us

March 3, 2023
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Holy One, yesterday in the woods, the late afternoon light was so tender and strong, the shadows made art on the snow and the sky prepared to relax into the night.

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Epiphany and Lent speak to one another

February 20, 2023
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Tomorrow is the last day of the Epiphany season; those days of wild stars and journey, of new sight, sometimes beautiful, sometimes painful, sometimes a poignant mingling of the two. If you’ve read my two earlier posts, Bending Into Advent and Portals to Joy, you’ll know that sight has been much on my mind during…

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Love and Long Nights

December 21, 2022
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  There are some mornings I wake with dread; things press in and I lie gathering my courage to drop under it all to where that terrible tension will be distilled in Love. This is the Advent week of Love.

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A Carol for the Longest Night

December 13, 2022
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    Silent Night, Holy NightHere we long for your LightHere your Presence is achingly nearHere your Love gently touches our fear Hold our tears in your heartHold our tears in your heart

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Portals to Joy

December 11, 2022
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What if I dive down under the distortion . . . I now know that it’s not only me who doesn’t always enter Advent gracefully.  Perhaps you’ve had your own less than elegant entry.Perhaps there’s been an entry that you’ve missed because it didn’t look the way you imagined Advent pause and practice should, deep…

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Bending into Advent

November 29, 2022
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I entered Advent as a bent woman. I could not raise my head to see the blue stem of the candle and its blossom of light. I was a woman bowed for a week and today I am straightened, unfurled.

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