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May 25, 2020

Remember junior high English class when you learned about metaphors and similes? They’re potent terms of comparison. The only difference is that similes compare two things using like or as. In my opinion, there’s nothing like a great metaphor or simile to capture the h...

May 13, 2020

As these weeks drag on, I continue to feel off-kilter, pretty much all-day-every-day. I notice how often I search for words to describe my experience and ways to understand my disorientation. Today I have a new word to add to jitters, discombobulation, and the fertile...

April 30, 2020

Anytime someone has asked me how I’m doing during this crisis I notice myself stumbling over my words to answer them. Not because I’m uncomfortable to say, but because it’s simply hard to describe how I feel. And it’s even harder to explain why I feel the way I do.

A fe...

April 22, 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                    Discombobulated—it’s a great word, isn’t it!? And it captures how I’ve been feeling ever...

March 30, 2020

I’ve talked to several friends and family who are about to go bonkers while taking care of kids who are restless and bored. This lifestyle of shelter-in-place is so foreign to our normal day to day lives. We feel held captive, in prison as it were, because of the restr...

March 14, 2020

Yesterday morning I received a voice mail from my grand-kids school regarding the Coronavirus. It was the third call and the first time I got the jitters. Up until then, I’d felt like this ominous, imperceptible virus was “out there,” at a safe distance. Not an impendi...

February 26, 2020

TODAY is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a 40-day season of somber penitence. Do you find the thought of it as overwhelming as I do?

For several years I’ve practiced some form of fasting and engaged in intentional spiritual practices during Lent. Some years I’ve f...

February 2, 2020

Our friend, Maggie, lives not far from us on a family farm with her three little kids and husband. Not long ago, one of their cows died. And do you know what they did with it? They put the whole dead cow in the middle of a huge compost pile!

Over the next nine to ten mo...

January 16, 2020

Have you ever noticed that there’s almost as much in life to “unlearn” as there is to learn? I find that to be true, especially as it comes to my faith. From the midpoint of life on, I think a lot of my growth and the work of God in me has had more to do with “unlearni...

January 14, 2020

“Heaven delights and rejoices
when a hardened heart breaks open
and recognizes Love’s ever-patient Presence
abiding within.”

-Psalm 97, Psalms for Praying by Nan Merrill

We become most aware of our image of God when we pay attention to how we imagine God being toward us...

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