A brief reflection on having a Dog…

Over the years I’ve heard a lot about importance of a dog in the life of a boy. Often these sentiments are followed by some comment about a dog’s unconditional love, friendship, loyalty or affection.These admirable traits so often possessed by our canine brethren are truly blessings and I for one am glad to have a dog in my life which provides an ample share of all these things. However, this is not what I see as the Main advantage… Read more

Seeking Transformation

Alexander Schmemann reminds me… “The Eucharist is a movement of adoration and praise in which all joy and suffering, all beauty and all frustration, all hunger and all satisfaction are referred to their ultimate End and become finally meaningful.” Read more

To the Bridge Builders

Today I say thank you To the builders Who dig among the ruins of burned bridges Who fight off the trolls Who bear the burden of the hurtful and the hurting And make a way for love Read more

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… 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… 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… 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

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