Cooking with the Holy Spirit

I stayed home from church today.  I stayed to make soup with the Holy Spirit. Not just any soup mind you, but my own Vegetable Soup. You know the kind, soup filled with chopped fresh potatoes, celery, carrots, turnips, garlic and shallot and fresh herbs.  All of them carefully chopped up into bit sized pieces. … Continue reading Cooking with the Holy Spirit

Emmaus

They walked the dusty road with him not knowing who he was with every word he spoke, a fire burned within yet they didn’t recognize him Are we not like Cleopas and his companion when with us in the dark he walks closed are the eyes of our hearts   we cannot see the one … Continue reading Emmaus

Common Ground and the Practice of Hospitality – Prayerful Tuesday

For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20 On Monday this week I volunteered at Common Ground, a Hospitality Space in Everett, WA. From Monday through Thursday, from 8 AM to 12 Noon, the homeless or those who live on the edge of homelessness come in … Continue reading Common Ground and the Practice of Hospitality – Prayerful Tuesday

Welcoming the Stranger – Prayerful Tuesday

“for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me”. – Matthew 25:35 I apologize for being late today, but, just returned from the Westar Institute Spring Meeting held in Santa Rosa CA.  I returned a day late … Continue reading Welcoming the Stranger – Prayerful Tuesday

Come to Dinner . . . A Meditation on Luke 14:15-24

15 One of the dinner guests, on hearing this, said to him, ‘Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!’ 16Then Jesus* said to him, ‘Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. 17At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is … Continue reading Come to Dinner . . . A Meditation on Luke 14:15-24

Blessed are those – Prayerful Tuesday

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 What does it mean to “hunger and thirst” for righteousness? What Jesus was saying is better understood if we understand how the 1st century audience understood righteousness.  A person listening to this scripture in the 1st century would have … Continue reading Blessed are those – Prayerful Tuesday

Imagination and Visio Divina – Prayerful Tuesday

  Many of us live in nice safe neighborhoods with few opportunities to interact with those who are disadvantaged except maybe on the street when we are approached by a homeless person.  And while disasters are all too common today I would guess that most of us are relatively unaffected by such actions as shooting … Continue reading Imagination and Visio Divina – Prayerful Tuesday