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Lent’s almost over–what do I have to show for it?

Approx. read time: 3:10 min. I wouldn’t say I live with wild excess, or even with unthinking excess. I live pretty simply. Prayer each day is front-and-center.  And almsgiving? I try to not let it dip when times get tough. So Lent poses a challenge: What can I do that will be meaningful in this… Read more »

Prayer for a new year

Approx. read time: 2:50 min. People have been saying “Good riddance” to the year that is now passed. I understand their feeling. “A year like no other” is shorthand for what is too complicated, too onerous, to recap. The past year was, like every other year, a gift, given in great love and full of… Read more »

The word I meant to say

Approx. read time: 1:35 min. I do not know how to pray as I ought. I think I do, and then the words multiply as I wrestle with what I am trying to say—as though anything needs to be said, as though I might convince God of my sincerity of heart, my availability, my readiness… Read more »

Honestly, how shall we pray in this Advent season?

If we are paying attention, we are being sobered. Here is my Advent prayer. Approx. read time: 0:52 sec. Somehow the familiar language of Advent doesn’t fit anymore. At least, not for me. And maybe not for you, either. We’re in a long season of purification, a painful season of sobering up to the reality that… Read more »

How I pray in times of trouble

Approx. read time: 1:55 min. I’m deleting a lot of emails these days. Dropping scheduled webinars from my calendar. Dialing down the newscasts. Turning off the radio in my head. Not because I don’t care about the pandemic, or elections, the economy, chronic hunger, where the church is headed, nor any of the other concerns… 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 »

Richard, the artist

Approx. read time: 3:30 min. I just did something I’m not supposed to do. I shook the hand of a stranger. It’s not that he’s a stranger. But physical contact with just about anyone these days is, well, not encouraged. I’m walking out of my little downtown market with fresh produce in my backpack, and… Read more »

How young Song Sparrow learns to sing

May 2, 2020. Approx. read time: 2:50 min., plus reflection questions The faintest hint of deep pale blue brushes the eastern horizon along the spine of the Coburg Hills.  The world outside my open windows is quiet, save for the occasional passing car, and the distant low hum of electrical systems in buildings nearby. And now,… Read more »

The memo arrived today

April 22, 2020. Earth Day. Approx. read time: 2:10 min., plus reflection questions. A memo arrived earlier today, bearing news I needed to hear. The memo says, simply: Your beloved McKenzie River is doing just fine. … As are all the fir trees and pine, hemlock, and spruce, the dogwood, the wild rhodies, oxalis, and… Read more »

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