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Sacred Everyday
June 22, 2018

Sacred Average Day

How do you experience the divine presence in an average day? This topic has become one of my favorite things to chat about. I have found two powerful trends that seem to be developing. First: Depending on your phase of life, there are certain ‘givens‘ that seem to be assumed and everything else becomes a […]

June 20, 2018

IF I SHOULD DIE

This I prayed:  Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. And then I, at a very tender age, would lie awake pondering my death. A bedtime ritual I could have done without. […]

June 13, 2018

TIME ON MY HANDS

My mom was very creative, extremely talented and had good taste. She sewed tents and prom dresses, made art from nature, sugar easter eggs with intricate scenes inside, decorated cakes and much more. I learned to appreciate how focused Mom could be on her craft amid piles of laundry and dishes. She would not allow […]

June 13, 2018

Habits of Adoration

In the course of my life so far, I have developed and leaned into what Tish Harrison Warren calls “habits of adoration” in her chapter on sanctuary and savoring. God wired me with an eye for beauty and a heart tuned to wonder. My personality lends itself to delight, and if you know me well, […]

June 12, 2018

Sacrarium spiritus beati oculi

The little things that give us joy. Finding those in the quiet moments is the charge from Tish Harrison Warren’s chapter, ‘Drinking Tea: Sanctuary and Savoring’. For me this is easy — my wife’s eyes crinkle at the corner when she smiles. She smiles a lot — a little less now that we are in […]

June 10, 2018

Martin Sheen & Mystery

I’ve long been a fan of Krista Tippett’s radio show, On Being. A few years ago, soon after I’d started attending church again after a 20-odd year hiatus, I grew particularly enamored of Krista’s interview with Martin Sheen. It seemed strange to me at first, not knowing anything about Sheen’s faith life, that he’d be […]

June 6, 2018

RECEIVING A CALL

Have I told you the story about our little household of two receiving the call of puberty and menopause at the same time? I’ll save that for another day. Reading to my young Anna and raising her up with all the good wisdom I could muster was living in a thin place, close to God. […]

June 6, 2018

The Living-ness of the Church

The Church is one of my very favorite things about this wild, broken, beautiful faith of mine. I’ve treasured a quote from a theologian I follow on Twitter named Broderick Greer who said, “The Church isn’t ‘cute’ or ‘inspirational.’ It is the living, mangled, and risen Body of Christ.” It is a Body of people—real […]

June 5, 2018

Dimensions for a Communion Table

Let’s build a Communion Table together, shall we.  The first one was about six friends long on a side, and at least one Jesus wide at the end.  Today, our table needs to accommodate all my friends — Virginia, Peter, Eddie, Rob, Rachel, Quinn, Katie, Donna, Zach, Bo, Charlie, Sean, Charlie, Ehow, Joe, Joe, Joseph, […]

June 3, 2018

40 years, stuck in traffic

A few months after my beloved grandfather died in 1975 I had a dream where I saw Jesus. I spent the next several years looking for people with whom I could explore my dream.  What I encountered was one of two reactions: people either nodded, said “Uh huh” and slowly backed away, or they got […]

June 3, 2018

wabi-sabi

I recently finished reading The Count of Monte Cristo, an insanely long, intricately plotted tome of a book swelling with revenge and pain, drama and swashbuckling, unexpected softness and love. If I had to tell you the theme of the eleven-hundred-some-odd pages, it would be the three words Edmond Dantes (aka the count) speaks, as […]

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