Messy and connected

Mainz

“If I don’t know how to connect in my mess, I miss a lot of loving. “ It is an odd moment to be a favorite.But it’s mine.My favorite liturgical moment of the church year happens today, Ash Wednesday, in the middle of the service. It is the moment when I exchange the peace of Christ with my neighbors in the midst of ashes on my head and theirs.It is an experience somewhat foreign to me: connection in the middle of mess.For most of my life, I lived in the context of a faith traditi … [Read more...]

Self-compassion

Aussie rose

 "How can I learn to forgive myself?  should I?" The more I live, the more I discover the importance of self-compassion.  I have been pondering this for the last year or so, and for me, it’s an ever-expanding field of inquiry.  There is a lot out there in the world of research as well as from the perspective of other faith traditions like Buddhism.  But what does the Christian faith have to say on this topic?  The journey has sparked several questions for me:If the Bible says tha … [Read more...]


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