Ash Wednesday: A reminder of what’s to come

There’s nothing like old tombstones to remind you of what’s coming!  Lent is almost upon us, and Ash Wednesday is an annual reminder that we are but dust and will someday return to it.  Or, as the letter of James puts it, “You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” …

Why I love…

Eugene Peterson, a person I’ve never met, who’s never heard of me, and whose most well-known work I’ve never read. At a time when I was feeling battered, uncertain, and living in a foreign land on the second floor of a small concrete house, at the end of a dead-end alley, in an unheated room…

Thoughts on a Friday

Some heartening thoughts on the day when so many around the world will celebrate in the name of the mysterious St. Valentine.  😉 My brother or sister, if you live out of the center, you win.  On a given day you might be more depressed than anything else, but when your life is hidden with…

Thoughts on a Friday

The Master Potter by Marlene J. Chase He moves amid the potsherds, with patient practiced eye, saves fragments of divinity shattered by outrageous winds. Plying His grand, inscrutable trade, He grinds the useless shards and kneads them into clay. … Read the rest here (p. 32).

Thoughts on a Friday

The most important question in the spiritual life is not, “Are you happy?” but, “Are you free?” -Thomas Merton

Thankfulness

It’s been awhile since I’ve put one of these lists together, so there’s plenty to include! safe travels answered prayer good news at long last good friends in far off places time to think the chance to experience another new place the sweet smell of herbs drying in the garret digital photography borrowed books birthdays…

Thoughts on a Friday

Brennan Manning’s recent death prompted me to revisit some of his writing, so here’s a bit for Easter: The meaning of Easter is more than hope beyond the grave, more than the infallible guarantee that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the pledge of my own.  His Easter victory means first his sovereignty over the…

Giving thanks for…

spring blossoms greening grass sprouting seeds spring rains good reads special spaghetti sauce the last of the pumpkin cinnamon rolls sunny afternoon reading outside neighbors to share oregano with the chance to keep learning the chance to chat with a friend and share my brownies people who share the music they make

Thoughts on a Friday

…God not only commands hospitality to the stranger but promises and even offers to pay the price, if the covenental relationship between God and the people of God goes wrong. … This God would be known as generous Host and merciful Judge and go to all means within reach to be so known and experienced….

Thoughts on a Friday

The difference between shallow happiness and a deep, sustaining joy is sorrow.  Happiness lives where sorrow is not.  When sorrow arrives, happiness dies.  It can’t stand pain.  Joy, on the other hand, rises from sorrow and therefore can withstand all grief.  Joy, by the grace of God, is the transfiguration of suffering into endurance, and…

Thoughts on a Friday

Prayer makes your heart bigger, until it is capable of containing the gift of God himself. ~Mother Teresa