While I love being busy and actively engaged with other people, I also love my moments of solitude and silence. So today I'm sharing a letter written by Jenny McGill about how all of us might steal away from whatever daily dramas we face and be refreshed. I had to smile at one of her … Continue reading Walk With Me: Learning to Love and Follow Jesus
What does it mean to pray for our enemies? For the terrorist taking many lives in response to other grave wrongs, for the known or unknown assailant afflicting apparently senseless violence, for the thief who breaks into your house in the middle of the day and steals your things and sense of safety, for the … Continue reading How to Pray for Your Enemies Even When You Don’t Want To
We admire those willing to die for what they believe, and we pay attention to the last words of those we admire. The book, Martyrs Mirror, consists primarily of final messages from Christians in jail, joyfully waiting to die for their faith. - Introduction to Martyrs Mirror I've generally thought of martyrdom as "the ultimate act of … Continue reading Is a Hidden Faith Just as Genuine as the Faith of a Martyr?
As part of the children's time one Sunday morning, I said, "Sometimes when we pray in church, we use a lot of words, because sometimes prayer is like talking to God. But there are other ways to pray besides using our words. What do you think some of those other ways might be?" "Doing something … Continue reading The Practice of Silent Prayer
Thank you to all those who prayed, questioned, encouraged, offered resources, attended, and otherwise expressed interest in last week's interfaith event where I had been invited as one of three featured speakers on the topic of fasting as an aid to peace. In my previous article written before the event, What is Interfaith Dialogue and How to … Continue reading In the Christian faith, how is fasting an aid to peace?
On this Thanksgiving long weekend, I'm thankful for all of you wonderful readers. I'm always excited to hear from you and learn so much when any of you comment on a blog post, use my contact form, or speak to me in person. I first met reader Fjaere Harder Nussbaum when I led a retreat … Continue reading A Waitress, a Bent Table Fork, and a Sacred Pause
With the events of these last few days, I've found it difficult to pray in my own words. "How Do We Respond to This Really Horrible Day?" I read in The Huffington Post, and I've been wondering too, "how can I pray about this really horrible day?" Since I can't seem to do that in my … Continue reading How Can I Pray About This Really Horrible Day?
A reflection on working through Dave Harrity's Making Manifest: On Faith, Creativity, and the Kingdom at Hand. Discovering the poetry in prose, and my life as poem.