You’d have turned 101 today and we, the family, would have asked again, “Tell us a story from when you were a young girl,” just like Matthew used to ask.
We still ask for those stories, you know, and we flip through pages till we find where we wrote them down. We do. We find them and smile, remembering our childhoods with you, our mother.
October’s luminous, flaming maple
stands almost bare
with a few worn, brown
leaves for covering.
Her beautiful red dress
now thin and tattered.
All she had was taken,
She, with beauty deep within,
will let go of what she treasured,
what drew our eyes to her,
and she will wait.
There is something God can do
in the season of Lent.
Merton provided words for what I was experiencing and what I wanted to nurture in the life of prayer. More than devotional stick-to-it-ive-ness, I felt and wanted to continue to feel drawn to simply be with God.
But, while my heart desired more than accountability or discipline, I’ve also known by experience that, for me, the sense of being aware of God’s presence often occurs within the frame of my disciplined life. When I am making space, clearing time, attentiveness to the God who is always present occurs more freely. The opposite happens when I slip out of disciplined rhythms or Continue reading
“Lectio Divina means reading the Bible with reverence and openness to what the Spirit is saying to us in the present moment. … Most important is how we read — not to understand or control God, but to be understood and formed by God.”
— Discernment, p. 11
The first Guitars of La Paz was this afternoon. We walked slowly to Grandview Presbyterian, our hands full of guitars in their cases and a box with stands. The kids started to follow us from their houses and we all, like a slow, trickling parade, processed to the church.
We started with Continue reading
I’ve been working on a simple album, a collection of songs recorded in a simple way. They are acoustic sketches that feel like autumn songs. I hope to finish this collection soon.
Some say your value is based on what you can produce. The ability to flood a market, or to provide a revolutionary experience or product determines your relevance. Soon, they gravitate to you for more. Appetites are ready for what you might offer.
This is the first temptation Continue reading