Love or Fear

This morning I pondered 1 John 4:18.  When I say morning, I mean 2am, the standard hour when anything that might worry me shakes me awake and starts whispering....

Sword Fighting

Sometimes I’m sure I rattle when I walk or think or talk or simply stand, paralyzed. Chains, binding and heavy, clank about me.  Doubt. Worry. Fear. Sadne...

Practicing Resurrection

My immersion in Eugene Peterson’s books continued this past week with Practicing Resurrection. Alongside Answering God, it is one of his finest, and a gre...

Living Joyfully for Advent

2021 Celtic Advent Calender here. For each day, from now until Epiphany, I’ve thought of one thing I can do to practice joy and gratitude, and to give lov...

Love or Longing?

“I dream of a Love that even Time will lie down and be still for.” When I was in my 20s, I used to say, if I marry, I won’t marry until I’m 30.  I could count o...

Finding Words

“Words don’t mean anything.” I found myself saying that a lot in 2009.  Words I read.  Words I wrote.  Empty. It’s not surprising that I...

Welcome Little Child

From a Christmas sermon by St John Chrysostom (349-407 AD): “What shall I say! And how shall I describe this Birth to you? For this wonder fills me with a...

Anamnesis

As I look at the beautiful Christmas tree here at my parent’s home, hung with 40 years of memories, I’m struck by how this tree is like memory itsel...

A Thousand Gifts

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 A year ago I stumbled upon a blog called A Holy Experience. The captivating poet...