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 →

Lest we forget what God can do with mud

What can God do with brokenness, with everything we wish didn't happen, couldn't happen, but does and leaves a huge mess. What possibly could God do.   Friends of mine asked me to pray. There’s a conflict. The words they used were “there’s so much brokenness.”       There always is. We try to forget... Continue Reading →

The Book of Love – Part 3

--I just can't stop thinking of the question, "What story do I live out of?"  In all the areas of my life.  In my exhausted parts, in my broken-hearted parts, in my confused parts, in my angry parts, in my terrified parts.   All those parts are a bit closer to the surface lately than... Continue Reading →

Open Eyes 2016

I have had a few conversations about church lately. I actually have many conversations about church often but a few hard ones lately….ones that deal with why we do church and why we get it so weird and wrong sometimes. Conversations about how so much of our church body’s history has been one so marked... Continue Reading →

My Friend Is Having A Baby

A friend of mine is having a baby. Now lots of my friends have had babies but mostly they coincided with me having my own. Now my baby is three and not actually all that babyish anymore. So when my friend told me she was pregnant I was thrilled for her and then had this... Continue Reading →

Ashes

  Ash Wednesday. When we remember that we from dust we came and from dust we return. It is a day to usher in the season of Lent. I have a powerful memory of my husband, just after we got engaged, walking up to the front of the little stone church on a dark cold... Continue Reading →

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