Learning from the Snow

Suppose we did our work like the snow, quietly, quietly. leaving nothing out.    —Wendell Berry from his collection Leavings, (Counterpoint, 2009) Lent is almost over. This season set aside for an intentional journey into a deeper place with God will come to an end. We know that before Lent...

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Stillness and Joy

One of the reasons I love succulent plants is that they are very still, sometimes they even look fake, as their growth is so very slow. They tolerate minimal amounts of water and a modest amount of sunlight, and yet they are growing every day. They embody for me the psalmists’ words,...

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Window of Your Soul

As Episcopalians, we are called during the season of Lent to the disciplines of “self-examination and repentance; prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and reading and meditating on God’s holy Word” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 265).  This is an opportunity not to beat ourselves up or to feel bad, but rather to take time to observe,...

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A Truly “Lived” Lent

We decided to bring a coup coup (a.k.a. a machete) with us, though we didn’t know if we’d need it or not. It was just a stroll to the waterfall to go swimming.    Usually, it took about 45 minutes to walk from my house in Togo, West Africa to the beautiful...

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Prayerful Living

How might we try on a more intentional prayer life? It has to be doable, given our real and busy lives!  Richard Rohr, Franciscan priest, suggests that what we are after is a “prayerful consciousness.”  For me that means finding ways to incorporate prayer wherever I am.  While standing in...

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