From Fear to Love

I sometimes reflect on those times I have known the presence of God in an almost tangible way. I envy those who remember childhood as a time of safety, innocence and carefree fun. I seek to remember the times I felt that way. Then those feelings of uncertainty,...

Learning to Live in Heaven Now

Learning to Live in Heaven Now

We don’t go to heaven; we learn how to live in heaven now. And no one lives in heaven alone. Either we learn how to live in communion with other people and with all that God has created, or, quite simply, we’re not ready for heaven. If we want to live an...

Image and Likeness = Need to create

Image and Likeness = Need to create

It strikes me that as we are created in the image and likeness of God that a driving part of that image and likeness is the need to create. Maybe it's just the urge to create, but I think it is truly a need to create. That is the source of economic systems, the source...

Being (as opposed to Doing)

Being (as opposed to Doing)

All this social distancing and its associated "quarantine" way of life offers, no, it demands, some serious reflection on how things are. It gives a space to learn what it is to Be instead of just to Do. In that space, I can hope to learn that I cannot possess...

Two edged sword

Two edged sword

A time be born, a time to die... When my brother in law died nearly 3 years ago, I sang those words at his memorial service. "To everything,[turn, turn, turn] there is a season [turn, turn, turn] and a time to every purpose under heaven." Today as we were out running...

Expanding the Social Circle

Expanding the Social Circle

Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski on Unsplash We got brave: my daughter and her family needed to vacate because their house is on market and there were several showings. They brought the kids' bikes and skates and legos, and the son-in-law's golf clubs (his parents live...

Bread of Life (part 2)

Bread of Life (part 2)

Yesterday I found myself reflecting on making sourdough bread in this time of isolation and uncertainty. Looking at the mechanics of the process and the experience leads to a different way of reflecting on life. Making bread, especially the long slow process of...

Bread of Life – Sourdough

Bread of Life – Sourdough

Photo by Kate Remmer on Unsplash I have taken this time of isolation as a chance to revive an old practice: breadmaking. My oldest child (who is an impossible 41 years old) was in kindergarten before he knew that bread could come from the grocery store. Back then my...

Self-isolation a few weeks in

Self-isolation a few weeks in

Photo by Mélissa Jeanty on Unsplash It seems like forever when we went out to eat at Jim&Nick's on a Sunday evening back in early March. We sat outside on the patio. They were struggling with staffing since students at the university had gone home for spring...

Holy Saturday, Holy Darkness

Holy Saturday -- the waiting time after Jesus dies on the the cross, but before he rises much to our joy and surprise. Just what is so holy? If you are a Christian who has walked Holy Week with the scriptures, or in other years, perhaps attended Palm Sunday, Holy...

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