News Tagged: Creation

How shall I think about fire?

Approx. read time: 1:30 min. The late afternoon bus rumbles west on Hwy. 126 through the center of the little town of McKenzie Bridge. I look to the north, beyond the two roads that intersect with the highway. Residents have been evacuated from their homes.  The backdrop just beyond is Lookout Mountain that eases down… Read more »

The fire that impels me to write

Approx. read time: 2:20 min A spiritual wakeup call came to me some years back, when I came across a blunt phrase of 16th-century writer, mystic, and Carmelite reformer Teresa of Avila. “The world is on fire,” she writes, “and this is no time to be concerned with unimportant things.” A spiritual wakeup call indeed,… Read more »

In the Avenue of the Elders

Approx. read time: 1:00 min   Oh Elders, I touch your venerable bark and stand in awe of your magnificence as I walk this stretch of trail. You stand today exactly where you began, not one inch off from where you stood as saplings. Your roots, invisible, hold you secure. In this quiet midday hour,… Read more »

To feel at ease in a wounded world

Approx. read time: 3:00 min   This morning, riding up the McKenzie River corridor, I look out the window at the fast-passing scenery. All I see is a wash of every imaginable shade of green. Lush green, with the river running fast, and pretty high, alongside the two-lane highway.  I sense my self beginning to… Read more »

Love what’s right in front of you

Approx. read time: 2:30 min. A friend shares a phrase, which I hear differently from the way she presents it. Her phrase is, Love what’s right in front of you. Well, the word right can mean so many things. It can mean a direction, like when another friend says: Turn right at the corner. When… Read more »

I am in awe

Approx. read time: 2:40 min.   I am in awe of the mammoth 12-story student housing complex going up a block and a half from my living room windows. I am in awe of the bright-orange safety-vest-clad worker who appears to have no physical supports, laboring away on the outer rim of what will be… Read more »

Climb the buttes that beckon you

Approx. read time: 3:10 min. I start my hike up the Martin Street trailhead to the Ridgeline Trail in the south end of town. Immediately I notice how lush the forest has grown since I last was here. Maples are out, filtering morning sunlight to a pale golden green. Himalayan blackberries, along with other forest… Read more »

My resilience statement

Approx. read time: 2:30 min. In this unrehearsed season which rattles every aspect of life, I share with you my practices and commitments, in the hope that they will inspire you to fortify your own interior resilience. My practices I pray, intercede, and give thanks daily, as I always do I practice prudent health and… Read more »

Noticing the many shades of green

Approx. read time: 2:30 min. Sitting up high in the back of the eastbound bus, I have a picture-window view of morning sky to the east and north. A thin marine overcast evaporates as the morning summer sun climbs into the sky.  From my perch I watch increasing swaths of greenery pass by as we… Read more »

In praise of the Creator

Approx. read time: 3:10 min. I have missed my weekly hikes along the McKenzie River trail. Following winter and a long rainy spring, I don’t know what to expect when I arrive at the trailhead. The bus rounds the curve just beyond the lone intersection that marks the center of this little berg called McKenzie… Read more »

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