Jesus of the Pause

Lent is for paying attention.  And getting quiet.  And being honest about who we are, where we are, how we are and whose we are.  This is a reflection that calls me there. My Life as a Prayer One day I just stopped. I stopped talking, requesting, asking, pleading, demanding, arguing. I stopped talking to... Continue Reading →

Jesus of the Stacks

--for students, researchers, learners at the end of a semester -   Jesus of the Stacks Jesus of all the true things Jesus of all the words. We study. Oh we know so much. We memorize. But we have forgotten how to question. In our ease, in our dis-ease, in our need to just Get... Continue Reading →

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 →

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