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November 22, 2018

The Spirit helps us in our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.

        – Romans 8:26


Sometimes, we simply do not know how to pray. Have you ever been there? I foun...

May 17, 2018

On a recent morning I sit in the silence, seeking stillness. It proves elusive. Reminders chirp in my head. Thoughts flap around. Plans ping. I pause. Offload to paper. Return. Repeat. “Be still” I say. “Stop it.” “Pay attention.” And, slowly, I lift my gaze. I look ou...

February 27, 2018

We are immersed in so much noise! The chatter can be deafening . . . defying the most heroic attempts to discern God’s loving presence and wise guidance in the midst of it all. How do we see God-with-us in, through, and beyond the noise? What actions can we embrace to...

January 6, 2018

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. – Matthew 2:11, NIV

January 6. Epiphany. On this day, worldwide, many j...

December 31, 2017

Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.  - Luke 2:19


On the 7th day of Christmas and in the final hours of this year, I find myself in a pondering space. And I invite you to join me, with the mother of Jesus as our guide. The fact that Mary treas...

December 26, 2017

For several years I lived next door to a friend who found great satisfaction in removing all Christmas décor and returning the house to order by the end of Christmas Day. The symbol of success? The tree, relieved of light and all ornament, parked at street side by nigh...

November 16, 2016

For everything there is a season . . . a time to keep silence, and a time to speak. -- Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7

I have been listening more of late . . . To the great pouring forth of words in this tumultuous season and to the carved-out silences of the spaces between.

Pressin...

September 1, 2016

First there is the fall, and then we recover from the fall. Both are the mercy of God. – Julian of Norwich

There is a story in the Hebrew Scriptures about Elijah, the prophet.

He had a really - really - triumphant day . . . Until a very powerful woman threatened him...

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