Photo from the Clergy Coaching Network, September 23, 2019 I wonder if one of religions biggest difficulty is that we cannot respond to joy. We remember and celebrate our failures but do not remember or celebrate our successes. In the Hebrew bible it is the battles that are recorded not the moments of peace. In … Continue reading Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth PS 66.1
A new year has begun and I am not sure what it will bring. Usually I have a sense of new beginnings, or I have excited expectations and hope as I pick up from where I left off and start over again. Not this year though. There has been too much acrimony, too much … Continue reading 2017, A NEW YEAR?
“And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” – Genesis 6:6, NRSV) Fire Rainbow Taken Spring 2015 This past weekend I was asked by a Facebook friend to comment on the following meme from the Celtic Christian Tradition. “The greatest single cause of … Continue reading “And the Lord Grieved”
1After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning and his clothing … Continue reading Spiritual Practice of Intention – Prayerful Tuesday
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
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
The only gift I have to offer this week is my sorrow for Paris, Beirut, Syria, Iraq, and all of us. So I offer the Psalms I go to when I am in the midst of sorrow and pain. May your hearts be comforted by the words of the psalmist and may you find solace … Continue reading Psalms of Lament and Hope – Prayerful Tuesday