I can’t believe that today is the last day of July! The days of summer pass all too quickly. Usually, I am happy to turn a calendar page. It signals a fresh start . . . new projects, new opportunities. Yet, looking at August 1, I am reminded of all the projects I planned and … More Staying In for the Long Haul
Today’s reading from 2 Corinthians 4:7 tells us that “we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.” It brought to mind one of my favorite hymns, Earthen Vessels by John Foley, SJ (1975, 1991). We hold a treasure, not made of gold, in earthen … More Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY)
Each week in the bulletin at my church, we feature a worship song, usually one that is sung by the congregation on that Sunday. Occasionally, we feature Christian worship songs that we haven’t yet included in our liturgies. This week, we looked at a song of Hillsong United from their album called Zion (2013). (Hillsong … More Let Me Walk Upon the Waters
It seems to me that as I get older, my comfort zone shrinks. I am very comfortable on my lanai — a space just large enough for two rocking chairs, a lamp table, and a few plants. I do leave the lanai, of course, to go to my part-time job at church. I used to … More Moving Beyond One’s Comfort Zone
We can learn a lot from watching the sky. This morning, I watched a thunderstorm form and pass by. In about an hour, the sky grew dark; thunder rumbled in the distance; and, the wind picked up, rustling the lily pads in the marsh. Then, a clap of thunder, a flash of lightning, and the … More Passing Storm
Trust in the LORD and do good, that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security. Take delight in the LORD, and he will grant you your heart’s requests. (Psalm 37:3-4) The author of Psalm 37 seems to be saying that there is some give and take in our relationship with God. … More Contentment or Delight?
Last month, I had the opportunity to spend five days at Sanibel Island, Florida. It was a magical time. I had planned the get-away to be a personal retreat of sun, beach, and books. It was all that, and more. I had chosen three books for the week — a memoir, a book of meditations, … More Sanibel Island Retreat
The words of Isaiah about “speaking to the weary a word that will rouse them” (50:4) resonate with me and have for several years. I wanted to write a book that would incorporate Scripture readings, reflections, photographs, music, and quotations. At first, I concentrated on Advent and Lent, but each time I got serious about … More About This Space