Five disciplines of readiness for our times

  Approx. 6:30 min. I feel exhausted, from a long hot summer. Exhausted from the Delta surge. Exhausted from outsized weather events. Exhausted from news of countries blowing up, caving in, shaking down, falling apart. Exhausted from news of devastated landscapes, raging wildfires, earth-ripping rains, vast arid wastelands, desiccated waterways, dead fish, dead birds, dead… Read more »

A day’s hike in the wilderness

Approx. read time: 3:15 min. I’m a little over an hour into my seven-hour hike along the McKenzie River Trail. It’s a beautiful morning. My aim today? Hike ten miles. Breezes waft up from the river, cool and fresh across my face, even as the mid-July temperature starts to climb from the overnight’s high 50s…. Read more »

Break open your power to bless

Approx. read time: 3:10 min.   This morning, as I approach the little downtown market I walk to every Sunday, I notice that it is closed. Well, it’s the Independence Day holiday, and I wasn’t connecting those particular dots. My option is to walk south eight blocks and over to a big supermarket which I… Read more »

A walk in Creation is a form of worship

Approx. read time: 2:50 min.   The morning air feels crisp and promising as I wait for the No. 91 to whisk me up the west side of the Cascades, up the McKenzie River Corridor, for my weekly hike. As I wait, a tree swallow sails across a cloudless sky, perhaps on a breakfast run… Read more »

Take, and eat

Approx. read time: 3:15 min. It’s early in the dawn hour, my hour of Morning Prayer. The psalmist this morning is yearning for God. Panting, hungering, thirsting for God. I gaze out the window toward the eastern horizon, and allow a space for the yearning to settle in. I too will know this yearning deeply,… Read more »

A meditation on … infrastructure

Approx. read time: 2:25 min.   For peace of mind, I limit myself to two news dips per day. These days I notice the word infrastructure floating often across my screen. Infrastructure. Being a word person, I wonder: What’s the underlying meaning to this strong weight-bearing word? Webster refers me to infra, a prefix meaning… Read more »

My Easter wish for you

Approx. read time: 2:10 min. I am thinking, today, of a moment in human history that was never actually witnessed, never recorded. Yet an event recounted down through the ages, launching a transformation of human consciousness. I am thinking of the moment of Jesus’ resurrection from the tomb. In the dark that precedes the dawn,… Read more »

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