Month: December 2017

A New Year’s Blessing

Christmas in the Emergency Department

I have to be honest. This pastor’s Christmas joy was a little flat this year. But inspire of how I felt, there was a lot of joy in the middle of the mess. This Advent opened in a true Spirit of anticipation. I was aware…

Let ev’ry heart prepare…

What do pastors do to prepare for Christmas, you ask? We vacuum. We untangle Christmas lights. We find missing hymnals and restock the pews. We set up an ironing board so that the choir can “freshen” up their robes. We resuscitate poinsettias that someone…

Cross-posted: Friday Prayer – Almost but not yet

Cross-posted from RevGals today… Holy One, we are in this time of almost but not yet. We tell of your promised return but not yet. Of the wearied hearts who wait and grieve and yet rejoice for it is that time for the Babe…

Winter Solstice Blessing

Winter Solstice Blessing From Karen Clark’s blog and book A Path of She Nature remembers what we humans have forgotten – that every cycle must return to stillness, and to the dark. Every out-breath requires an in-breath Every outer endeavor turns back inward to…

Very simply… this.

The Spirit blows where She wills. I will hope and pray and keep listening.

Doing. Nothing. (Learning about Joy)

Doing. Nothing. In case you wondered, I’m not very good at that. My first idea for this evening was to work at finishing a project which was meant to be a present (which will be done by Christmas NEXT year). Then I was going…

Very funny, I.T. gremlins

It’s a busy week for everyone, this week before Christmas. And I had grand plans to stay AHEAD of the curve on my charting… but it was not to be. The IT gremlins decided to have a little fun. This afternoon, my work laptop…

Cross-posted: In the Quiet

Posted over at RevGalBlogPals: Lord, in this waiting, we stand in the silence, surrounded by the faithful of today. And the saints of old, who watched and waited, praised and prayed, had visions and discouragements, yet believed, whisper to us on the winds of…

How silently, how silently…

My day at Dayspring Retreat Center was, again, full of beauty, stillness and peace. I forget  how much I enjoy the time in silence. The Divine speaks so loudly through Creation! The photos above capture some of the moments of our conversation… In the…

Heard in a whisper

The empty chair at the fireplace edge beckoned welcomed invited me “Come and sit” “Come and listen” Come and just BE” And so I sat and rocked and listened and heard, “Now go out and listen some more…”        

In the in-between

Advent. That season in Christendom where we wait. Wonder. Yearn. Dream. Pray. And then, we live with the fact that we do not have the answers we so desperately long to hear. It’s true in my Hospice work. Knowing that death is coming (or…

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