Jesus of the Seeing

My Grandmother's funeral was last week.  All of her children plus all her grandchildren were there.  And we celebrated her whole life.  Her kids knew her most and most benefitted from her calmness and kindness.  And we grandchildren benefit too from a  legacy of life-giving, not life-diminishing.  She was loving and beautiful and I felt... Continue Reading →

Jesus of This Little Family

  So here is a lenten prayer for presence in the fullness of little-ish kid family. Prayer for my little family Be in our eating, our laughing, our cajoling, our pleading. Be in our frustration, our crying, our words, our hard words. Redeem those words that cannot be unsaid Be in our cleaning, scrubbing, wiping,... Continue Reading →

Jesus of the Hospital Room

--I have many bits of prayers floating around in journals and scrap pieces of paper from time spent in hospital rooms, waiting rooms.  I have now many friends who have to be in these rooms, have to wait in them, have to hear things no one ever wants to hear.   The waiting seems to... Continue Reading →

Jesus of the Deep Beauty

DEEP BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN EARTH To see a flower in the Spring, we must Believe that there is beauty to be had In gardens we never will control. “Trust And hope that dirt becomes a launching pad For raising beauty in this violent earth?” The cynics scoff but have no solutions, Because they do... Continue Reading →

Jesus of the Truth-telling

This is a prayer that comes after the Act of Re-Membering workshop some of us participated in this past week.  In it we heard stories and we embodied stories of real Canadians from history, and from today-often in their own documented words.   That we, every single people group, are capable of prejudice and of... Continue Reading →

Jesus of the Fallen Flat

Eric Gill, The Good Shepherd woodcut, 1927  This is a prayer sent from Christine Woods, Area Director for YL in Calgary.  It's from the book Alongside by Drew Hill.   I love the images in it - and I love the naming of spaces we all get to - no judgment, just asking God to be... Continue Reading →

Jesus of the Ashes

Lent is a time in the Christian year where we stop. And we are honest. About who and what we are. There are so many ways to enter this season, so many words that could open that door. Stop. Pause. Pay Attention. Wilderness. Dust. Wandering. Eat a little less, do a little less, take a... Continue Reading →

The Solid Rock of…..Wait, Really?

(Orthodox Icon of Saint Luke) So…Luke 6. Sometimes I don’t know if I get how truly extreme Jesus’ was. This stuff he says is not "nice." It's not nice teaching that builds a nice church with nice wall decals that say nice things. These things he’s saying...they are are keep-you-up-at-night things. Literally, I have lost... Continue Reading →

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