April 26, 2020

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;

My body also rests secure....

You show me the path of life....

In your presence there is fullness of joy. 

-Psalm 16 (NRSV)

These lines from Psalm 16 have been posted on my bathroom mirror for months. I often tape pieces of...

March 1, 2020

In Pastor Kim's sermon last Sunday, she said, "The transfiguration of Christ transforms us."

I've been thinking about that ever since. So I went back and re-read the accounts of Jesus's transformation, found in all three of the synoptic gospels. Each describes how the c...

January 5, 2020

A confession:  New Year's Eve is my least favorite holiday.

In our younger years, Harry and I celebrated New Year's in many different ways. Parties with lots of friends. Dinners at restaurants in Chicago, including a meal in Greek Town, memorable for its complete l...

November 18, 2019

It's snowing as I write this blog.  Not just a flurry, not just a flake or two, here and there.  A full-on, three inches and counting, sticking-to-the-road snow.

It's blowing.  The pine trees at the back of the yard are waving at me.  The hummingbird feeder on the...

September 28, 2019

It happens every year around this time. 

I fill my hummingbird feeders, hoping the little dynamos of the bird world will stay around long enough to empty them again.  I always dread the day when I suddenly realize that most of our birds have either migrated or gone unde...

August 10, 2019

Such glorious weather! After the terrible heat that made most of us feel like wrung-out dishrags, these cool evenings have been so lovely. We turn off the air, open all the windows, listen to the katydids and cicadas sing their scratchy songs.

Because we had so much rai...

June 23, 2019

When my sister Martha had a double mastectomy due to breast cancer, she found that one specific verse in the Bible both reassured her that she would be strong enough to endure it, and reminded her that she would not go through it alone. It isn't surprising that the ver...

May 4, 2019

Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.

~Psalm 63:3-4

In my last blog entry, I wrote about the way silence opens a door to a deeply experienced relationship with God....

March 17, 2019

In my most recent sermon, I talked with you about spiritual practices -- those activities that have developed over centuries as ways to grow closer to God. All kinds of experiences can be identified as spiritual practices. For one friend of mine, it's sitting on a stum...

January 25, 2019

The poet Mary Oliver died last week, at the age of 83. 

She was winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, with 20 published volumes of poetry and prose. Her work has touched thousands with its simply stated, utterly profound observations on life, the nat...

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