May 8, 2020

“My work is loving the world.” Mary Oliver

The other day, a group of us began naming ways in which we see people doing the work of loving the world during the COVID-19 crisis.  We see medical personnel doing the work of loving the world through their ministrations to th...

March 26, 2020

After my mother died, I began what turned out to be a long, mostly leisurely, sometimes difficult, but always holy walk with my father through the last twelve years of his life. That walk both deepened and stretched our relationship. There were wonderful times—the fami...

February 5, 2020

I’m trying to adopt the habit of standing on one foot at a time while I brush my teeth. Because I use a toothbrush that beeps at 30-second intervals for two minutes (to encourage thorough brushing, of course), at first I switched from one foot to the other at the beeps...

January 27, 2020

It’s apropos that Lumunos’s focus in 2020 is on relationships, as I am facing two really big relationship challenges this year. In addition to giving birth to a son sometime in April, I will also be navigating how to foster my relationship with my dad who was diagnosed...

December 24, 2019

A Psalm of Joy

Psalm 96:14. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea thunder and all that is in it; let the field be joyful and all that is therein.

 

Christmas! Today we celebrate a child born into a world that in many ways is not so different from...

December 22, 2019

A Psalm of Lament

Psalm 80:3 (repeated in verses 7 & 19): Restore us, O Lord God of Hosts; show the light of your countenance and we shall be saved.

 

One of the things I love about the Psalms is their expression of a range of human emotions. Whether you’re mad, sad,...

December 15, 2019

Songs of Praise

Psalm 146:5. Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God.

Luke 1:46b-47a. “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.”

 

The th...

December 9, 2019

A Psalm for Our "Kings"

Psalm 72:1-2. Give the King your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the King’s Son; that he may rule your people righteously and the poor with justice; that the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, and the little hills bring right...

November 29, 2019

A Psalm for the Journey

Psalm 122:1. I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

 

“I was glad,” the psalmist exclaimed, and several thousand years later the words remain fresh and dynamic. I love this opening verse of Psalm 122 for its exuberan...

November 15, 2019

 

A few weeks ago I attended a hymn festival at Centenary United Methodist Church, in Richmond, VA, the church where I grew up. It’s a large old downtown church, its sanctuary warm and inviting with a high arched wooden ceiling, wooden pews with hand-carved trefoils on...

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