Meditation on the Dandelion

What follows is a mediation sparked by the lectionary reading from Revelation 21:10,22-22:5 for this Sunday, Easter 6, Year C in the Revised Common LectionaryThe dandelion has a tap root that goes three feet down, white and milky and strong--tear off the top and it will come back. It looks something like a lion's fang and that is where the name comes from, lion-tooth in French: dent-de-lion.Some call it a weed but why would you? A dandelion in the yard is a sign of health, that the acid … [Read more...]

Spend Time Outside

The natural world offers a kind of peace and a way to enter into God's presence that is missing in the world of human construction.  Go to a natural place today, even if it is a weedy patch of grass in a suburb.  Spend time there and simply be in peace of the place.  Remember that God is the creator, above all, in all. … [Read more...]

Square Foot

Go outside and find a space to mark off one square foot.  Sit and observe that square foot for at least ten minutes.  Praise God for what you notice; ask forgiveness for not noticing before. … [Read more...]

Put to Death

On Fridays we remember the death of Christ.  In this death Christ set an example of the extreme to which we should all pursue love--that love is impossible if we do not die to ourselves.  Many of us take this in a literal sense and can easily nod our heads, yes, we would die for Christ if the situation ever arose (which we know, gladly, will likely never come).  But everyday we have the opportunity to die for Christ.  There are innumerable situations in which we must choose between living for our … [Read more...]

Remember Your Story

The Church of the Sojourners is a Christian community committed to being a witness of Christ's Kingdom in the Mission District of San Francisco.  As a church family they engage in several Sabbath practices chosen "as a response to the question: How can I spend my time in a way which will help me remember the Story I’m in?"  The practices vary from things like gardening to lighting Sabbath candles, but everyone in the church makes a point to spend Sunday mornings in quiet reflection and medi … [Read more...]

Admit You Don’t Know

Place yourself before God.  Admit you don't know.  Ask that God will guide you even in your ignorance, that God's knowledge will be sufficient.  Spend ten minutes in this prayer stance. … [Read more...]


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