The Stewardship of Friendship


Friendship is the great stewardship frontier of our time.  So much would go well if we did friendship well.  It is interesting to me that we go back and forth between two verbs associated with "time."  We sometimes "make" time and we sometimes "have" time.  And yet when it comes...

A Blessing on a Donor


  Blessing on our nest eggs - on that money which God has given to us as gift.  Blessing. Blessing on the possessions in our homes which delight us and recall past days. Blessing. Blessing on our money which feeds and clothes us. Blessing. Blessing on our savings and investments...

presence


  Among the vast carved arches and columns of the chapter seats around the high altar with their prophets and martyrs standing ready like a wooden army, there are two carvings I deeply love.  The wood carver included two birds nests carved into the apse colonnade.  They are not like...

On not being God


      Yours is the day, O God, yours also the night; you established the moon and the sun. You fixed all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.    Psalm 74:15,16 Last night I was in a terrible mood for the evening office. The Chapter of...

the silver cup


"They are all going to die one day…help them with that." What does a preacher do when this is what rings in his ears as he stands before the evening Wilderness service to preach on a sunday night?   I had written a fine sermon and yet, in that split second...

the stewardship of our compassion – giving tenderness away


There are so many beautiful images in the cathedral.  I love the art and architecture of St. John's in the Wilderness.  The church has come a long way from being a wood building in which miners, a minister and his two attractive daughters gathered for prayers. There are very few...

stewardship of rest and re-creation


As I end a time of rest and re-enter the schedule of morning and evening prayer bracketing a day of work, I feel rested, centered, well and peaceful.  Vacations are hard for me because I was not raised by people for whom rest was anything other than camouflaged laziness and...

Time


  A couple nights ago, I needed some candy for a house-warming party and did not have the needed time to make my completely amazing english toffee recipe.  I had chocolate in the house and I was aware that on my last run to the asian markets on Alameda and...

Present Moment…Next Please


  One of the challenges of my life is that I tend to spend my thought time in the past or the future.  Millions of self help books (including the Rule of Life book I am writing!) will encourage being mindful of one's thoughts; and our Buddhist brethren have a...

God’s lack of experience


The ceiling of the Orthodox cathedral in Denver is a massive gold dome which arches from the ground, all the way up more than a dozen stories.  At its peak is this image of God as Jesus Pantocratpr surrounded by the saints and angels wrapping all the way down to...