Hope

Emily Dickinson reminds us:“Hope” is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all -And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard - And sore must be the storm - That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm -I’ve heard it in the chillest land - And on the strangest Sea - Yet - never - in Extremity, It asked a crumb - of me. … [Read more...]

Tears and Gems

Coleridge called dew the gems of the mourning and the tears of "mournful eve." Each dawn brings us the gift of a new day, but with it the loss of days now past. I pray I won't miss the gift today looking back at how the treasure of yesterday is gone. … [Read more...]

The Wild Goose

"The wild goose" is one of the lesser used terms for the Holy Spirit, but it's one I think about a lot when I hang out with the flock down the block. Their life is always in transition moving with the seasons, bringing new life each year. They remind me to stay flexible. There is no telling where the spirit might next lead. … [Read more...]

Who defines the story you live?

Been playing with natural frames and lenses. This is a good exercise. It opens my eyes to new ways to see the world. It's a reminder to be aware of the ways I see the world. My experiences, education, social location and family influence how I process the daily events of life and the story I believe myself to be a part of. It is only when we are able to name our lenses that we are able to imagine the world through alternative frames.  Sometimes I need optometrist for my heart. How have your … [Read more...]

Time

Time is too slow for those who wait, Too swift for those who fear, Too long for those who grieve, Too short for those who rejoice, But for those who love, time is Eternity.-Henry Van Dyke … [Read more...]

Imagine the Fantastic

I ran into this mobile paint cart last week. I Love this. The whole of downtown Ann Arbor is filled with art by this crew every December. Each window is transformed into a canvas which defuses light into the shops thru the medium of dreams and fantasy.You really should take a stroll through Ann Arbor if you are in Southeast Michigan this month and see the their work. Then go home and think about what dreams you want to fill your windows and if you have let the fantastic filter your … [Read more...]

Frames

This picture reminds me that to focus on one thing means we leave something else out of focus. To frame one thing means we exclude what is beyond the frame. Life is always bigger than what has our attention. Mindfulness and attentiveness are different but important. This is particularly necessary now. Selective framing is our zeitgeist. Distraction has been almost weaponized.Always look beyond the frame. Stand with those left out of focus. Zoom out. Jesus is there. … [Read more...]

Share

The change we want to see in the world does not begin or end with broad social reforms. It is rooted in people who take time to listen and share with one another. I hope my heart and my life has room to share, listen, and change one conversation at a time. … [Read more...]

Bare branches, living hope

There is such beauty in the naked branches. A twisted mess of Fingers raised to the light. I'm inspired by their faith. Standing still in the darkest days, and the coldest hours. Arms held aright. Ready for resurrection. … [Read more...]