Month: February 2015


light and dark


Darkness and light sit so well next to each other and yet the difference is as shocking as going from a sauna to an ice bath.  The days are enfolded with the mystery and majesty of God's glory and in the midst of those two divine aspects is the reality...

sparkle after a wipe


As the light fades from Christmas and the Epiphany season we enter soon into Lent.  The lights of seasonal joy can easily seem to fade into a gloom of sin and repentance when in fact there is nothing gloomy about sin unless one's image of God is warped into that...

not so pretty in pink – our prisons


Sometimes our prisons can be beautiful.  We see them through rose-colored glasses and though we are looking directly at the door to our prisons, it looks beautiful from our rose point of view. Look past the lovely colors, and it is still just a door with massive locks.  It may...

advanced spirituality


Steel cut oats with butter and salt remains one of my favorite foods, even without the senses of taste and smell. A simple food; it is comforting, iconic, uncomplicated and filling. On a planet that can feed 10 billion and on which 8 billion now live, simple foods help me...

surviving slander


Morning Prayer sings psalm 69 today in which are the words "do not let me sink."  It is a pleading psalm, part of the 2/3 of the psalm which are psalms of lament or outrage in which we weep or shake our fists at God.  The psalms are a training...

potter God


potter-God In the darkness of the night watch I wonder about God; if He is paying attention, if he is doing his job. I understand the Deist's temptations to think God is busy playing poker far away past Orion. But in the light of the Morning Candle and then the...

formation and fomenting


When I look at enthusiasts, I marvel at their dedication to their craft.  One friend spends time each day running and lifting weights so that he can ski like the wind.  Another friend walks and thinks so that she can teach philosophy. One friend spends hours tinkering with recipes and...

Friendship’s oils and Dolmen


  The soul needs love, and longs for it, much like the body needs and longs for water.  And love comes in so many forms.  The love in friendship is, in my experience, one of the greatest gifts in the life of a human.  It is a holy thing and...

presentation of what?


The presentation of Jesus in the temple is the beginning of a series of events in Jesus' life in which Jesus points to God's glory.  When Simeon sees Jesus in the temple portico he says these words: "Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word;...