Tag Archives: suffering

‘Do we see God in the Supernatural, or in the Embrace?’

We are power hungry.  It is easier for us to find comfort in power, to find security, or a sense of safety.  But I wonder if our lens of power has darkened our eyes to a different picture of God. Mark  moves beyond stories of weeds and seeds and birds and trees to talk about the Way […]

kenosis; going in pieces

After reading Insurrection, a few thoughts that are sticking with me. The liturgical enactment of suspended space draws us into an environment where we can begin to free ourselves of the dreams that we have been raised on and begin to dream new ones, something that will involve imaging, debating, and enacting genuinely alternative modes of […]

"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 […]


Unpredictable. Misunderstood. Miserable. Foreign. The opposite of the ideal. We think: Blazing sun. Burning sand. Empty horizons. No water in sight. Barren, forsaken, and deadly. A desert is only hot during the day. In some places, down in the valley, the nightly temperature sinks so low your body is carried from one extreme to another. […]

“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 […]

We Cannot Live on Bread Alone

Bread is one of my favorite foods. It’s light-but thick, and has a crust whose crunch and aroma will fill an entire roomlike a vibrant symphony fills an auditorium.  Inside this glorious, rough exterior lies the pillowy showcase of spongy flavor. Seeping through every bite, every bit, yeast mixes with flour and flavor to create a blanket […]

Bedtime Sleepy Prayers

[Good Friday] Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord my soul to keep If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Sounds a lot like… I’m thirsty… Father forgive them–they know not what they do My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me? […]

The Distant Lover

She carefully dresses. Pulls her hair so it hangs loosely by her face. She gathers her things in a small tote bag and locks up after she leaves. She looks over her shoulder constantly as she walks down the street. Caution, perhaps…paranoia; she doesn’t know who sees or who’s watching. She meets him. Their usual location. […]

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 […]