Sunday Blessing

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the greatest of these gifts — the love that has been given to you. May you be…

Blessedful

“blessed-ful (adj.) Sacred, holy; blessed, blissful” – Middle English Dictionary Earlier this week, I had a woman tell me to have a “blessedful” day. Now that’s  something I’d never heard from a well-wisher before. I honestly thought she’d made the word up. But I looked it up and found the above description in the Middle…

So Much More

“When you start to feel like things should have been better this year, remember the mountains and the valleys that got you here. They are not accidents and those moments weren’t in vain. You are not the same. You have grown and you are growing. You are breathing, you are living. You are wrapped in…

Center for Advanced Gratitude

“Let go or be dragged.” – Zen Proverb Recently I read a column by Judy Woodruff that knocked me on my rear. It was called “I was my husband’s caregiver as he was dying of cancer. It was the best seven months of my life.” The title alone was a hook. Those were the best months…

God is Everywhere

“The presence of God is everywhere, you have only to embrace it with your attention.” – Deepak Chopra  LOVED this story in Spirituality & Health by Snatam Kaur called “God is Everywhere.” The contrast between her childhood buddy’s view of God and her own made me laugh. I tend to subscribe to the author’s view.  I do…

Home

“I never realize how much I like being home unless I’ve been somewhere really different for a while.” – Juno After a number of trips to really different places over the past month or so for work, vacation and otherwise, I am happy to be home. And my travels are over for a little while. But I’m…

A Little Quiet

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Ram Dass I’m sorry that my blog has been a little quiet for the past few days. I’ve not been neglectful, I’ve just spent the last few days on a silence retreat on the grounds of a convent in Indiana. With all of life’s recent changes…

For the Love of Samaritans

Please take a few minutes to read this sermon from Nadia Bolz Weber, called “Why it is the Parable of the Merciful Samaritan and Not the Parable of the Robbers.” (Link here.) So. Much. Yes. It is a perfect commentary on the state of our world, the deafening barrage of violence and hate within our news, and…

It is Well With My Soul

“I love myself for I am a beloved child of the universe and the universe lovingly takes care of me now.” – Louise Hay Today I went on a really long bike ride along my usual trail. It was all pretty standard at first — 98 degrees, sun blazing, my skin and clothes grimy and sweaty. I knew…

Reverence: The Sacredness of Existence

“The stronger the reverence for natural life, the stronger grows also that for spiritual life.” – Albert Schweitzer, French-German theologian Today I signed up for KindSpring.org’s 21-Day Reverence Challenge. I’m super excited about it. Here’s how they describe it: “Beauty lies in details. To notice it, you have to be paying attention. In a world…

Morning Affirmations & Stuff

This morning an email landed in my inbox from Spirituality & Health that included a wonderful list of “20 Morning Affirmations.” Here is a link to the full list, but below I pulled out a few examples, accompanied by some of my recent photos. – I greet the day with joy and gratitude. – I am so…

Some Thoughts on Trials

This afternoon brought a trip to the oncologist to get the results from my older son’s recent MRIs and labs. And the report was a good one: his tumors are stable and, for now, all is well. We’ll take it. But something interesting happened during this visit. We took a different elevator today that dropped us…

What’s the hurry?

I’m pleased to share that I have a Distracted Churchgoer post that does not include photographs from church. It nearly killed me, but I promised myself ahead of time that I’d leave my phone in my purse during the service. First temptation: a man with four children slid into the pew ahead of me —…

The Real Deal

 I saw this sculpture at the art museum last weekend and I keep coming back to this photo of it. This piece made me stop and stare for the longest time. Have you ever seen Jesus portrayed as a joyful baby? Or Mary gazing at him with the love a real mom has for her…

Well, That Makes Sense.

It’s interesting (and entirely appropriate) that the first day of spring coincides with the International Day of Happiness, don’t you think? (Even if ours did start with an unexpected snow shower.) Hello, Spring. Hello, Happiness.  Here’s to the season of renewed hopes, new beginnings, and fresh starts. 

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. This is the Irish blessing the Monsignor sang acapella…

Wise Little Message

 “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Louis L’Amour, author Well, would you look at this brazen little sucker.  Previously pruned, leaves gone, confined by its fence while left to fend off winter’s elements… the outlook seemed a bit bleak for this little thing over…

This Won’t Happen Again.

Uh oh, look out. I’ve learned how to turn my photos into memes. Okay, in reality, I won’t be doing this often. But it’s always fun to learn new stuff — and even more fun to merge one of my favorite Dalai Lama quotes with one of my favorite photos. Something else I don’t do…

Distracted Churchgoer, Part II

About a month ago, I was a little on the distracted side at church — to the point of creating a blog post about it. Well…it happened again. In all fairness, I blame these two gentlemen in front of me. They were wearing identical shirts. It’s hard to tell from this photo, but trust me. Identical….