Category: from the original Daily Sip


seeing our desires


The pomegranate was probably the fruit used in the myths of the tree of good and evil in the Garden of Eden precisely because it was so beautiful and so, presumed by the church to be sinful.  What is we were to take another look? The eye of God watches...

sinful desires


  In the Rite of Baptism we renounce things before we turn and embrace things.  One thing we renounce is “sinful desires” and I a wondering about that because i am teaching on the subject in church this week.  Sinful desires.  Never has a topic of discussion more led me...

courage


Courage is easiest to see in hindsight.  It has a tail, like the wake of a ship. It is best seen looking back and gathering all the little hints to it along a pathway, even though some parts of the pathway are blood-stained, some little hints red-speckled. We have courage...

hooded


We all have our themes; things to which we go back over and over again as if those people around us haven’t heard the thousand times we have said that same “old thing he says so often.” We all have those oft repeated mantras which we say so frequently that...

ambition


Jesus models a lot of things, but ambition seems not to be one. There will be ambition in any organization and of course the church adds fuel to the fire by accommodating ambition with titles, ranks and clothing.  But ambition, it seems to me, is infested vocation. Vocation is something...

chosen


  Baptismal scene from St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Denver which was, at one time, the reredos of St. Martin's Chapel of St. John's Cathedral, Denver   Sermon for January 8, 2017  The Rev. Canon Charles LaFond, Saint John’s Cathedral, Denver, CO And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he...

Callings


It is 6:00 am in Marrakech and there are five different minarets all calling the people nearby me to prayers.  They seem to be competing- a cacophony of singing and calling from every direction in the Kasbah, an area (actually the garrison) next to the Palace of the Moroccan Royal...

unexpected things


My teacher here is named Abdu.  He asked me to meditate on this passage from Rumi as we drove three hours across Morocco to the coast.  He said he had something to show me. This being human is a guest house Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression,...

passion


Reflections from the Kasbah in Marrakesh, Morocco “Knock, And He'll open the door Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi When the scouts returned to Moses to prove that...

light shards and wounds


“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi When we are wounded in life, we feel pierced, cut, hurt.  We may bleed if we are physically wounded and if our wound is relational like betrayal,manipulation, the dissolution of a friendship or marriage, then the wound...