Tag Archives: Contemplation

Guiding Grace

I generally consider myself to be a relatively intact person of faith: in God, in people, in the slow-yet-progressing movement of humanity’s arc toward Justice.  This past week, I felt a lot of practical, daily acts of faith being put … Continue reading

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Sotto Voce

One of life’s most important lessons is learning when to quiet your mind and when to raise your voice. But, there comes a time, like this one when you realize that the real lesson is when to quiet your own voice and raise … Continue reading

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The Green Spire

My mind was in a hundred different places as I was making my way up the three flights of stairs to my office. My thoughts were swirling with to-do lists, my concentration thrown by the competing priorities among my many … Continue reading

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The Eve before the Eve before New Years

When I was young, I had a record (yes, a vinyl record) of children’s Christmas songs, one of which was called The Day Before the Night Before Christmas.  I can’t recall all the lyrics, but some of them were, “…it’s … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Expand

I have been holding a particular poem from St. John of the Cross in my mind today as I consider deeply what it means to expand into this advent season. Let me start by sharing his image-laden verse: If you … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Wake Up!

Whenever I visit Shrinemont, I set my alarm clock for just-before-dawn. I throw on a jacket (unless it’s mid-summer!) and head to the labyrinth. Everything is silent, except the leaves and twigs beneath my feet. Birds are just waking. Once, … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Imagine

When I commit to daily writing…as I do during advent and lent…I go out on a limb and have faith that time will find me to write.  Tonight, it would seem that time has found me in the 11th hour … Continue reading

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Seen and Unseen

I have always loved Halloween, even when it was a “forbidden” holiday in some circles that surrounded me in my youth. We may have dressed-up for “Harvest Parties” at church, and perhaps a bit of trick-or-treat to neighbors and family. … Continue reading

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Compline Prayer

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. … Continue reading

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Brackish Water

Until I moved to Virginia, the term “brackish water” wasn’t a part of my vocabulary. I had visited oceans with crashing waves and salt-laden shores. I had spent time splashing in the fresh water Great Lakes and watching barges push … Continue reading

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