Lent: Holy Spirit and Glinda the Good

March 7, 2021 Recently, I watched The Wizard of Oz for the millionth time and found myself totally relating to Dorothy Gale when she landed in Oz – we are definitely not in Kansas anymore!   The last year has upended so many things – revealed many things about who we are as individuals, as a people,Continue reading “Lent: Holy Spirit and Glinda the Good”

Lent: The Holy Spirit and Mary Poppins

February 28, 2021 I love the 1964 version of Mary Poppins (MP); you know, the one with Julie Andrews and Dick VanDyke.   Andrews is the perfect Mary Poppins – the mischievous twinkle in her eye belying the no nonsense veneer expected of a proper English nanny. As I re-watched the film recently, I was amazed at how easilyContinue reading “Lent: The Holy Spirit and Mary Poppins”

Lent: The Holy Spirit and Marie Kondo

February 21, 2021 A couple of years ago, while I was visiting one of my children, we watched the Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.”  It was all about people living in chaotic conditions with absolutely no idea how to bring order to their lives.   Folks had closets full of shoes and clothes, some ofContinue reading “Lent: The Holy Spirit and Marie Kondo”

The Consequence of Playing Favorites

February 14, 2021 Life, for the most part, is a constant pursuit of being ‘the favorite:’  Daddy’s little girl, Momma’s boy, teacher’s pet, best friends. There’s so little contentment in being loved and valued as ‘one of;’ only being ‘the favorite’ will do!   Such favoritism results in bitter competition, hatred, and the death of relationships andContinue reading “The Consequence of Playing Favorites”

When Obstacles Become Doors

February 7, 2021 In his meditation, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life, Henri Nouwen offered a powerful thought:  what seems a hindrance becomes a way;  what seems an obstacle becomes a door;  what seems a misfit becomes a cornerstone.   Jesus changes our history  from a random series of sad incidents and accidents  intoContinue reading “When Obstacles Become Doors”

When Life Gets Tribal

            This past week, as so often happens in life, my devotional readings dove-tailed with the events going on in the world.               For the past several years, particularly in recent weeks, we have engaged in tribal language: our rights, our vaccine, our House, our voice, justice for us and on and on.  Curiously, we is never about all of us.  Our is never inclusive. Yours is always less important  than mine.  The consequence?  Destructive tribalism.  We all wantContinue reading “When Life Gets Tribal”

The Gifts of Christmas: Pondering

January 3, 2021 Pondering – gathering all possible information before reacting; considering the circumstances, the needs, the consequences of options, and discerning where God is calling us to be in the midst of it all. Reactivity – acting from a place of limited information, ego-centricity, self-preservation, and total disregard for any needful discerning of God’sContinue reading “The Gifts of Christmas: Pondering”

God’s Gifts at Christmas: 4. A Vision of Church

December 20, 2020 It’s hard to believe that we are in the last week of Advent; equally hard to believe that we are celebrating without carols, candles, communion, and fellowship with our friends and families.   I really miss doing all those ‘Christmas things’ we have always done.   This year has been and continues to beContinue reading “God’s Gifts at Christmas: 4. A Vision of Church”