Almost There


The last Sunday before Advent gives us all the Light we will get before the Coming of the Light on Christmas. It is so much brighter than it was when we began four weeks ago, but we still are in semi-darkness. I can’t quite see everything that is there for me in the light. So [Read More...]

With Two or Three


This year for the first time in a long while, I am observing Advent and celebrating Christmas with a community of which I am a part. It is a lovely gift-instructive and comforting. While I cherish the solitude that is part of my every day routine, I am swept up in the shared wakefulness that [Read More...]

Paying Attention


Second week of Advent, and the the words keep popping up: Wake up! Watch! Keep Alert! To which of them am I supposed to attend?  There are so many sounds, sights, aroma, textures in the air, on the ground, all around. The glut of  son et lumiere overwhelms me and makes me soporific. Which sign informs [Read More...]

Waiting in the Dark


For what am I waiting this first day of Advent? for what do I long? If I am honest, there is almost always something a little “adventish” in my spirit,” a little place where I am all too aware that not everything is as it should be, that somethings are still amiss, that something remains [Read More...]

Simple Gifts


It is Thanksgiving day, an unusually quiet one, with family strewn around the hemisphere, feasting delayed to another location. I am grateful for the chance to pay attention to the simple gifts that are part of the Presence of the Holy in my life today: a visiting English bulldog continuous nourishing music a new mystery [Read More...]

All the Lonely People

It’s a big city in which I live, in a big nation, in a big world, many, many people populate it. But so many encounters and images that come to me are with and of people who are lonely–old people and young, married and un-partnered, active and retired. I wonder if there is something essentially [Read More...]

After Rain

It doesn’t rain much here, not enough they say. But after it does, the earth shimmers and shines with the glory of God. The greens and blues are brilliant. The roses, fuschias, and camellias glisten. The clouds billow and scud across the ether. The ocean returns to a place of tranquility. I am awe struck. [Read More...]

Seminary: Growing Roots, Spreading Wings

For thirty years I was deeply connected to seminary life: a student, a pastor supervisor, a trustee, and a faculty member. In each of those roles, at each of those times in my life, I was given gifts and I was left with longings. As the discussion about what and if a seminary should be [Read More...]

Creating, Creative

I am posting my 50th blog. I never imagined that I would be a blogger, let alone one who tried to “gather the pieces of my life under the eye of the Holy.” But here I am–writing, creating, and sharing with a larger world, much of which is unknown to me. The endeavor has meant [Read More...]

Keeping Faith

Sometimes life just delivers a blow that knocks one out. Your breath is taken away, your spirit feels broken, and your heart feels irreparably damaged. I have been sitting daily this week in the presence of those who are living with this destitution. Broken trust, broken trust, broken bodies have all brought devastation to people [Read More...]