Days of Advent, Seasons

Advent Day 10: Healing Peace …

Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid. — John 14:27 It is the Glad Season. Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner. Flood… Continue reading Advent Day 10: Healing Peace …

Quotes

When The Going Gets Tough May I Choose Love Over Fear …

When the going gets tough may I resist my first impulse to wade in, fix, explain, resolve, and restore. May I sit down instead. When the going gets tough may I be quiet. May I steep for a while in stillness. When the going gets tough may I have faith that things are unfolding as… Continue reading When The Going Gets Tough May I Choose Love Over Fear …

Poems

Small Wire …

My faith is a great weight hung on a small wire, as doth the spider hang her baby on a thin web, as doth the vine, twiggy and wooden, hold up grapes like eyeballs, as many angels dance on the head of a pin. God does not need too much wire to keep Him there,… Continue reading Small Wire …

Prayers, Quotes

Courageous Prayer …

My belief is that when you’re telling the truth, you’re close to God. If you say to God, “I am exhausted and depressed beyond words, and I don’t like You at all right now, and I recoil from most people who believe in You,” that might be the most honest thing you’ve ever said. If… Continue reading Courageous Prayer …

Media, Prayers, Vocations

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) …

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy9nwe9_xzw Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong UNITED You call me out upon the waters The great unknown where feet may fail And there I find You in the mystery In oceans deep My faith will stand And I will call upon Your name And keep my eyes above the waves When oceans rise… Continue reading Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) …

Quotes

The Goodness of God …

I’m not going to deny that there is something awesome and amazing and bigger-than-I-can-fathom about God. As someone once observed, if we could understand God, then what we are understanding would not be God. Yet, when I think about terms such as awesome and amazing in relation to the divine, I tend to assume that… Continue reading The Goodness of God …

Prayers

Blessing When the World Is Ending …

Look, the world is always ending somewhere. Somewhere the sun has come crashing down. Somewhere it has gone completely dark. Somewhere it has ended with the gun, the knife, the fist. Somewhere it has ended with the slammed door, the shattered hope. Somewhere it has ended with the utter quiet that follows the news from… Continue reading Blessing When the World Is Ending …

Quotes

Depression and The Spiritual Journey …

This experience called “depression” is isolating to a greater extent than I imagined could be survivable, but I realize that this incredibly isolating experience ultimately reconnected me with the human community in a deeper, wider, and richer way. — Parker J. Palmer from Darkness Before Dawn: Redefining the Journey Through Depression The Mystery of Depression Learn… Continue reading Depression and The Spiritual Journey …

Media, Poems

Five Essential Questions In Life …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW0NguMGIbE Late Fragment And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so? I did. And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth. — Raymond Carver from A New Path to the Waterfall The Summer Day Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the… Continue reading Five Essential Questions In Life …