A Meditation on Ashes and Love

This year Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day. This happens every so many years, the next time in 2024. This juxtaposition of ceremonial days seems to have oxymoronic overtones of contradiction like loving ashes or ash-filled love. Using a Tina Turner song, “What’s...

Prayer for the Things We Watch

A gardener, passionate about irises, once wrote that during their brief season of beauty, he wanted to do little but stay home and watch the irises bloom. I have a similar passion for winter birds. I do everything I can to tempt them to the backyard, putting out a...

A Meditation on Intention

I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions, never have, never will. But I’ve been making them for many years now thinking that somehow they would make me a better person only to forget them, sometimes intentionally. This year as I was preparing to teach a yoga class on...

Prayer For Learning From Our Scars

I have spent an inordinate amount of time in the last month contemplating my left thumb and the scar running across it just below the knuckle. That scar is the result of events of a Friday morning during Advent when I was making fresh cranberry sauce. I had squeezed...

Hiking in Bear Country Part 4

Reflections During Advent This year’s Advent reflections  focus on Advent as a journey. Each one draws from the appointed Revised Common Lectionary readings for the various Sundays in Advent, and ultimately they make connections with the Lumunos themes from this past...

Hiking in Bear Country Part 3

Reflections During Advent This year’s Advent reflections  focus on Advent as a journey. Each one draws from the appointed Revised Common Lectionary readings for the various Sundays in Advent, and ultimately they make connections with the Lumunos themes from this past...

Hiking in Bear Country Part 2

Reflections During Advent This year’s Advent reflections  focus on Advent as a journey. Each one draws from the appointed Revised Common Lectionary readings for the various Sundays in Advent, and ultimately they make connections with the Lumunos themes from this past...

Hiking in Bear Country Part 1

Reflections During Advent This year’s Advent reflections  focus on Advent as a journey. Each one draws from the appointed Revised Common Lectionary readings for the various Sundays in Advent, and ultimately they make connections with the Lumunos themes from this...

Prayer for the Saints

O God, we praise you for your saints and servants. Their faith transcends all mortal time and space. Their witness in the world reveals your glory. Their wisdom and devotion bear your grace. May marigolds keep blooming in their gardens. May places where they prayed...

Prayer for Time Apart

  A friend and I have set for ourselves the goal of staying at all six of the original Virginia State Parks. Last week we made it to our fourth, Douthat, in Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains. The trees there are beginning to take on autumn colors sooner than those where...