Lift Every Voice: Contemplative Writers of Color is a new book club launched this year by Abbey of the Arts. What a delight to learn that Four Gifts had been chosen as the feature title for May! And as a resource for the book club, I loved talking with the Abbey's Christine Valters Paintner and … Continue reading Lift Every Voice: Four Gifts
"Dear Friends . . . we have confidence before God" (1 John 3:21). That’s an amazing statement of faith, isn’t it? In this ongoing pandemic that has re-shaped so much of life, in times of loneliness and distress, in times of illness and loss---dear friends, we have confidence before God. When you spend two days … Continue reading Dear Friends, We Have Confidence Before God
In my last post, I shared an imaginative piece about Simon Peter looking back at some of his choices concerning Jesus, especially in the final hours before Jesus' death. Originally written as one of four dramatic monologues for Lent, it was a fitting stand-alone piece just before Easter. Now on the other side of Easter, … Continue reading Was That Really Me?
For Lent one year I wrote a series of dramatic monologues featuring a scribe, a woman in the crowd, Pontius Pilate (the governor who had sentenced Jesus to death), and Simon Peter (one of Jesus' closest disciples). Each reflected on the choices they had made concerning Jesus, what led to their choice, and what if … Continue reading New Day, New Choices
When I first started blogging, I ended each post with a writing/reflection prompt, and continued that practice over the years. Most of the writing prompts were questions based on a particular blog post, but sometimes I would include a suggested writing exercise: What helps you rest from your work? Are your neighbours strangers, acquaintances, or … Continue reading Prompts to Get You Writing
When I started this website, I used the tagline “Spiritual Practice, Faith, and Life.” I really didn’t know what to call my new blogging venture, but I figured I had to start with something, and I could always change my title later. As it turned out, “later” came sooner than I expected, for the following … Continue reading Resting in the One Who Is Faithful
When I heard of a new book about seven saints in history who struggled with depression and doubt, I wondered who it might include. Maybe Martin Luther---the great reformer of the sixteenth century---and his experience with depression. Or the twentieth-century Mother Teresa---well-known for her international charitable work---and her less well-known dark night of the soul. … Continue reading When Depression Seeps into Your Spiritual Life
Have you ever received a star word? Some churches celebrate Epiphany by passing out stars with printed words to everyone in the congregation. Each star word is different---"delight," "compassion," "giving," or some other word that's meant to be a surprising and beautiful gift to ponder and carry into the new year. Just as the star … Continue reading A Promise of Healing, Freedom, and Joy