Tag Archives: hope

"Compare where you are to where you want to be and you'll get...nowhere."

Tangled; threads & splinters

Tangled up in the mess of trying to find where I am and trying to get to where I want to be. Can I not be both?  Can I not be who and where I am, and at the same time on the journey to who and where I want to be and become? Is […]

New Year; reflections on hope

I have several musings about this “New Year” thing; resolutions, reflections, renewal… but I have been pondering [hope] a lot lately. What does it look like, sound like, smell like… how do you know if you have hope, or not. What would it take for me to be completely without hope? Once it’s gone, can you […]

“Growing Hope in Our Neighborhoods”

My first big project/event for this new job as [Ministry Developer] was to coordinate our church’s booth at the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival . The festival is held every year at Lighthouse Park and it’s a great community event. It’s a typical festival/fair with lots of booths, good food, and a healthy dose of people watching. There was […]

“Your love can change the weather”

With so much noise around us–crabby people at work, crazy drivers on their cell phones, cell phones in general, email, music, talking, blurring noise–all the time, everywhere, restaurants, elevators…noise. Once in a while we’d like to simply be left alone. No one’s laundry to do, dishes to wash, meals to cook, errands to run, orders […]

I want no part in [it]

I thought I would take a break from ranting about the praise & worship setting. Then I went to chapel yesterday. Chapel is required at this Christian Liberal Arts College I attend. With this requirement comes the hit and miss of sound theology, really funny stories, guilt trips or scare tactics that try and persuade […]

painted hands & graffiti

A young budding artist recently opened up her avant garde art show in a very small conservative town. She wanted to express herself in a public manner, while at the same time, bring a new spice to the life of the small town. Part of her art show consisted of asking the visitors to her […]

how does the langauge of God speak

When the lights have gone out and only darkness is left, blow on the coals of my heart. Rekindle the love that was once inside me–so that I may go to others to help them let their own light shine and begin to scatter the darkness. For God is not the one who snuffed out […]

the language of God

We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end war; For we know that You have made the world in a way that man must find his own path to peace within himself and with his neighbor. We cannot merely pray to You, O God, to end starvation; For you have already given us […]

Comfort in the lack of [marketable skills]

From the book, The Hidden Ground of Love: Letters by Thomas Merton “Do not depend on hope of results. When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, essentially an apostolic work, you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no results at […]

a sanguine disposition

We belong to a people who have it easy. We would rather live in our single-family homes–miles from anything original, surrounded by monotony, sameness, and patterns/repeats rather than be challenged to step outside our front door into something busy, sightly chaotic, and always changing. We prefer to surround ourselves with people who are the same […]