Following the Child

“A little child shall lead them” says the prophet Isaiah, in a metaphor for the peaceable reign of God. For a week I have followed a child, a grandchild of mine, almost 8, here on a visit. I pondered as I was trying to keep pace with him about what peace would look like if [Read More...]

Sorting Hats

I awake to a new day, and wonder which hat to wear. At 8 a.m., I don the Homemaker hat in which I make sure that the house is ready for guests. At 8:30 I change into the Advisor hat, helping someone with a writing project. Next in line is the Convener hat which allows [Read More...]

A Prayer for 9/11

From the far coast we remember the anniversary of the horror and grief and carnage of  the attack on the United States by terrorists, O Gentle and Powerful Holy One, and we pray that we will be part of the repair work to be poured out on the wounds in our world: Give us open [Read More...]

Longing for Water


I wake up longing for water…in me, around me, through me. I feel dryness of body, mind and spirit. I want to touch it, feel it, see it, hear it, smell it. Maybe that is what a whirlwind summer does, depletes the supple of water, empties the well. In  this state of thirst, it is [Read More...]

Story Telling


How can I remember the things I have seen, the people I have met, the signs and wonders that I have experiences when I return from a pilgrimage of body and soul? Is there lasting value in being on pilgrimage? Certainly there are photos, postcards, brochures gathered. But the treasures of the journey become more [Read More...]

Watching for Signs


On a road trip across the western part of the country, one is treated to an unending parade of road signs: Falling Rocks, Road Work Ahead, and those signs without words, indicating curves, steep grades and the presence of creatures who might be crossing the highways. What was often baffling to me in trip from [Read More...]

On Pilgrimage


I am about to leave on a road trip, which I always try to practice as spiritual pilgrimage. My guide to that whole enterprise for many years now has been Phil Cousineau in his book, The Art of Pilgrimage. He says that  a pilgrimage is a “transformative journey to a spiritual center.” This trip is [Read More...]

Blog Body and Spirit Sinew


I am a slow receptor in the worlds of social media and rapid technological evolution. But today with my 40th blog post, I am ready to allow that I have been given new dimensions in my journey of Spirit with my participation in these modes of connection and communication. Writing this blog, receiving responses, interacting [Read More...]

Hills of Difficulty


The figure of a pilgrim has always been intriguing to me since I heard a pastor frame the spiritual experience as pilgrimage rather than arrival. Drawing from the book of Hebrews, he asked the gathered listeners to set out on their future life with God as a pilgrimage, which is always moving forward toward the [Read More...]

Freedom for Interdependence


Here in the United States, we hear a great deal of talk about independence and freedom this weekend, the 4th of July. I find myself wondering if independence is a quality of Spirit. Recognizing that what we celebrate as a nation is an historical political autonomy, I ponder how the “spirit of independence” oozes into [Read More...]