Prayer for the Possibility of a Conversation

Last Sunday was my church’s annual picnic, a day when worship leans toward the casual. Often on picnic Sundays, rather than preach a sermon themselves, our clergy suggest a topic and invite anyone present to say a few relevant words. This year the congregation was...

Prayer for What’s Under Our Feet

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. When Henry David Thoreau penned those words in Walden, he had just dug through a foot of snow and cut through another foot of ice in search of fresh water. Kneeling to drink from the pond below, he looked “down into...

The Lessons of Amazing Azaleas

Yes, my child, go out into the world; walk slow And silent, comprehending all, and by and by Your soul, the Universe, will know Itself: the Eternal I. ― Jane Goodall, Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey This spring is the first one we’ve enjoyed here at our home in...

Prayer for the Easter Season

In Easter light, the risen Christ is moving among us. How brightly the meadowlark sings its song of the season. Alleluia! How gently the Easter light lifts the face of a lily. Christ is risen! Let Christ be rising now in our lives and our prayers as we open our hands...

Prayer for Taking Another Look

I play in a hand bell choir, an activity I love, even though I am not all that good at it. Often I bring bells home between rehearsals. Many publishers of hand bell music generously include a “listen” option on their web pages with recordings of their music. When I...

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...