Category: journey

seeking joy

On my professional travels with a colleague, we typically listen to podcasts as a way to decompress on the ride home.  This past Monday, he introduced me to the TED Radio Hour via NPR, and I was reminded of the simplicity of joy in…

wintering

from the recently released book Growing Grace: A Book of Psalms Celebrating Creation I’ve put the gardens to bed and shored up the chicken coop. I’ve stored the tools and stacked the pots behind the shed. I’ve left the last of the coneflower dead…

the edge of the stable

Yesterday, I spent some time quietly decorating my home for the winter season.  With my parents’ move and my daughter’s independence journeying with me into Advent, I just haven’t felt motivated to prepare my home. Each year, one of my favorite activities is setting…

welcoming Darkness to the table

This Advent season, I have been sitting with longtime companions, Darkness and Light.  As I grow in age, and perhaps wisdom, I’ve begun to appreciate the necessity of both.  I find that in Advent, we sometimes want to “hurry up” Darkness so we can…

a psalm of hope

from the newly released book Growing Grace: A Book of Psalms Celebrating Creation Our Healer, our Hope, We greet you in the morning with fresh faces turned toward the sun. You warm our skin and our hearts with your light. You envelop us in your…

the things we carry: songs and sacred spaces

Message for Mary Sunday, contemplative service, December 2, 2018 This week, I have spent some time gazing at various artistic renderings of Mary and Elizabeth and Mary singing the Magnificat hoping to glean some insight as to what Mary was carrying with her in…

a psalm of just be

from the newly released book Growing Grace: A Book of Psalms Celebrating Creation Eternal One, I confess that I long to sit within your silence, but I have become distracted by worldly concerns. I want to hear that still, soft voice of yours whisper in…

finding my voice

As a preteen, I was bullied by 2 boys at my private school.  A couple of female teachers told me repeatedly that they were just jealous of how smart I was.  The day I voiced my anger and desire for help, I was shamed…

oremus

On long journeys by car or by plane, I like to catch up on my favorite podcast On Being with Krista Tippett.  Over the years, various poets, theologians, social scientists, and spiritual leaders have contributed to my personal faith formation through their commentary.  Whether questioning or…

selling a home

Selling a home is not for the faint at heart.  You see, it’s different than selling a house.  Selling a house requires a sign in the yard, some great marketing, and a decent sellers’ market.  Selling a home–well, that’s another story. In mid July,…

wild geese

It has become a tradition for me to read the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver on the first morning I hear the geese migrating south.  After listening to her interview with Krista Tippett (On Being), I can only hear the poet reading the…

roads

I love to drive on country roads and blue highways.  There’s is something about the unknown of backroads that inspires me–inspires me to wonder, inspires me to center, inspires me to find. These travels get me outside of my head and into my spirit. …