The In-between Times

Frederick Buechner

By Wendy MurrayOn the days go, one to the next. We rise in the morning and look out the window. We check the weather. We make decisions about the day. Maybe we ask God for guidance in this, maybe we don't. Maybe we ponder in our hearts whether God influences our decisions with or without our consulting him about it. All day, in each moment, we are forging the destiny that will ultimately claim us, day-to-day.  Maybe we reflect: How often is our time badly spent! What becomes of our d … [Read more...]

Affliction shall Advance the Flight in Me ~ A Poem

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The season of Lent rises to its devastating and astonishing conclusion this week. At long last, the veil of the dark night will be forever rent and those who abide in death will have a door to walk through into a new kind of life. Jesus will suffer first (Good Friday), and then the forces that crushed him will themselves be crushed two days later (Resurrection Sunday). In its time it was a cosmic event that, in its starkest movements, occurred beyond the veil, in a place where human eyes cannot … [Read more...]

My Walk with the Beatles

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One of my goals during this season of Lent is to work on my interior landscape, which sometimes means getting out of my head. I go to the YMCA. I take my iPod Shuffle on which I have compiled a rousing playlist from the Beatles who do a very good job of starting me slow and elevating the pace incrementally. They talk me through things. They work it through with me and  help me land on the place where, baby, I can drive my car.Hear is a glimpse into a typical conversation:They say, … [Read more...]

Still Missing: MH370

Malaysia Plane Armchair Sleuths

By Wendy MurrayHaving received no confirmation of wreckage and no other corroborating evidence that Malaysia Airlines Flt 370 crashed, it has been a week now since the Boeing 777 "vanished."Things may yet take a turn: a floating seat cushion may turn up or radar may pick up the muted pinging of the black box. Then we will know. Until then, we ponder.How often in a person's lifetime is one confronted with a fundamental metaphysical question: Can we accept a universe that breaks its … [Read more...]

Read Well, and with a Notebook

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By Wendy MurrayI write in notebooks meaningful passages from books I read. I have volumes of these notebooks that include passages from the works of large-souled thinkers and dreamers, including George MacDonald, Thomas Merton, Albert Camus, Frederick Buechner, Annie Dillard, Isak Dinesen, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Donne, William Shakespeare, Francis de Sales, Henri Nouwen, James Merrill, G. K. Chesterton, St. Augustine, Anthony Trollope, William Maxwell, Willa Cather, E. M. Forester, Graham … [Read more...]

Let My Soul Cling to You

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A prayer from Saint Augustine of Hippo from ConfessionsLet the ears of my heart move close to Your lips and let me listen to you, who are the Truth, so that you may tell me why tears are sweet to the sorrowful.How can it be that there is sweetness in the fruit we pluck from the bitter crop of life?For wherever the soul of man may turn, unless it turns to You, it clasps sorrow. Even though it clings to things of beauty, if their beauty is outside God and outside the soul, it clings … [Read more...]

Mystery

Phantastes

In the face of  "unprecedented mystery"  we turn to the great writers who convey clarity of vision beyond what eyes see.From George MacDonald's classic fantasy novel, Phantastes: Fairy Land is full of oddities and all sorts of incredibly ridiculous things, which a person is compelled to meet and treat as real existences, although at the time he feels foolish for doing so.I felt as if a cool hand had been laid upon my heart and had stilled it. My soul was like a summer evening, after a h … [Read more...]


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