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 »

I thirst.

Approx. read time: 1:45 min. This post is an excerpt from “The Fifth Word” in my book Seven Last Words and Eight Words of Easter: Meditations for Your Journey to Pentecost. I thirst, you say at last. With excruciating pain you heave your body upward and gasp for breath as the force of life escapes… Read more »

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