The Lectionary invites us to begin each calendar year to reflect on beginnings. The Christmas 1 gospel reading for every year comes from the first lines of John’s Gospel, “In the beginning there was the Word;the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God.The Word was present to God from the beginning,and apart … Continue reading Your Word for 2021
It’s Advent 3, the Pink Candle week. The week of Hope. And in my own life, too, there has been much hope. Here are a few moments I’ve noticed: Giving out Share Your Christmas to the families in our programs this year. I am so grateful for the generous donations from so many St. Lukers. … Continue reading Advent 3: Hope
Madeleine L’Engle introduced me to the concepts of Chronos and Kairos time when I first read her books as a preteen. Chronos is clock time, measurable time. But Kairos is God’s time. Kairos is where God can be both at the beginning of creation and with us in this moment at the same time. Kairos … Continue reading Chronos and Kairos
This week has been a wonderful week in giving. And one of the gifts of being a Rector is getting to know about both the big and the small moments of generosity in our congregation. I thought it would be nice to share with you what a generous week looks like. First, our pledge campaign … Continue reading A Generous Week
Advent begins tomorrow. Every year, I talk about Advent as a season of waiting. This year, all of us understand Advent better than ever. We have been in a time of waiting since March. Waiting for this pandemic to be done so that we can get back to our normal lives. But then, over these … Continue reading A Time of Waiting
The election burst through my bubble, I have mourned, and now I am re-centering on Jesus's call to me.
Instead of denying your feelings, "Yes, and..." them. Hold them, and add prayer and planning.
On a recent hike, I noticed so many root systems that were above ground. I saw how one tree’s roots were interconnected with another’s and how they all worked together to create stability of the forest floor. These roots offer a metaphor for us right now. I imagine the roots of a tree as our … Continue reading The Importance of Roots
I’ve mentioned before how my pre-COVID prayer life just doesn’t work for me in the midst of pandemic, and I’ve shared some ideas about different ways to pray when the old ways don’t work. I’m going to share another one today. I generally am an optimist and someone who focuses on the good in the … Continue reading A Strengthening Prayer
I’m back from 2 weeks of vacation, and incredibly thankful for the gift of unplugging and stepping away from work. Mostly I was at home just relaxing, but I also got away for a 3-night silent retreat at Trinity Center. I did so much thinking and reflecting during my time away. One of the things … Continue reading Making Time for Sabbath