Tag: Advent


Becoming so as to Awaken in Advent


The struggle to “become” God’s hope for us is not an easy one. One so often feels so alone, so stuck. When I saw this sculpture in a local art gallery, I was struck by how it expresses what it so often feels like to be alive and to struggle...

the gift of an experience


A bunch of new friends came to Little Bird Farm this week to discuss life. I had made this new tea pot (seen above) and another friend had made these new cups.  So we seven celebrated creativity and had a big tea with hot corn bread, marmalade and honey.  We...

God’s Smoldering love


Russian Sage boarders many of the fields of Little Bird Farm here in New Mexico.  Its silvery-green stalks and lavender-colored flowers give fragrance to the air and color to the land.  It has a mystical quality as well – something ancient and cleansing.  White Sage is most commonly bundled for...

An Advent Prayer


In these last days of Advent, guide me to this child careening towards me. Prepare my heart for this welcome salvation. Make my soul a stable. Make my heart a cave. Remind me that something wonderful is about to happen. Don’t let the busyness of the season destroy the silent...

advent intimacy


Jesus was born in a stable or a cave, we know that.  But we do not know what time of the day or night Jesus was born. It may sound like an insignificant detail, but I want to know. My inner child wants to know.  I mean, I have written...

shine


“Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” Says our psalm today – three times in such a short passage.  Over and over and over again.   “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved”   Joseph.  Could he sense...

John and Farouk in Advent


Let’s say that the average, run-of-the-mill guy in Iraq were given a pen and paper and asked to write about the average run-of-the-mill American.  As an American man, I expect that when I read what the Iraqi guy wrote I would disagree.  I would read his writing and I would...

The death of our church and the life of our God


Might it be true that the great threat of God becoming human, as a baby who becomes an anarchist rather than a priest, is that in the incarnation God threatens the church and her power-mongers, annually? I was speaking to a young Christian from a non-denominational church last week at...

dust balls and tears


Addictions flare up in the weeks just prior to Christmas like mountainside wildfires on a dry, windy day.  Our run-of-the mill addictions like alcohol and porn, food and internet surfing, shopping and being-right - well, those addictions will flare up for sure, but they usually end up bringing clear pain...

they should not meet for coffee…


That God would reconcile with humanity and the sentient beings of this planet by choosing to insert Herself into our time, never ceases to astound me with wonder.  Poor John The Baptist.  No wonder he went around screaming and ranting.  Though I expect he got still when he saw Jesus....