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 Active Pose of Reverence

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to be a part of an Inter-faith event at Mount Royal University. The interfaith chaplaincy office invited students of different religious faiths to speak about these faiths, how they personally came to them, how they understood them and what their faith means in their everyday lives. Sikh,... Continue Reading →

After Nouwen

Yesterday's Lenten reading from Henri Nouwen was particularly poignant and paralleled what I've been thinking about a lot. "But Jesus came to open my ears to another voice that says, "I am your God.  I have moved you with my own hands, and I love what i have made.  I love you with a love... Continue Reading →

transforming power

  What is your transformation?  Because how YOU answer that, Father, is going to be the difference between our kingdom and YOURS.   Help us to see where assimilation takes the place of transformation and where power to wield takes the place of love to hand over.

Collective Wisdom

Give us wisdom - your wisdom that takes on real shape in our real world.  Your wisdom, your incarnated self, your embodied way of truth.  Your wisdom revealed in the halting words of moms over coffee and cake, hope and trust being extended all around.  Grace us all with your wisdom as we speak what... Continue Reading →

On Ephesians 3

---I'm on an Ephesians kick - honestly, its been years since I've really taken a look at any of the epistles.  But I love the faraway-so-close aspect of this writing.  How the grand and expansive and life-altering business of who and how God is is also found in the minute, the daily, the very ordinary... Continue Reading →

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