A Blanket at (for) the Very Least

“And when was it that we saw you naked and gave you clothing?…Truly I tell you that just as you did this for one of the least of these in my family, you did it for me.” From Matthew 25: 38-40   I feel guilty about the homeless man on the church porch last night.  I didn’t want to just leave him lying there.  I wanted to make sure he was ok, but I was alone and it was night.  I knew he was there because when I opened the door to leave the church he was laying right in front … Read the full post

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Providential Symmetry

Jesus said,  “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God, believe also in me.  In God’s house there are many dwelling places…where I am there you will be also.” —from John 14:1-3 Providential symmetry.  That’s what I call moments when life is integrated with an almost eerie (or ethereal) re-membering of space/place/passage of time. I had one of these brushes with the Divine geometry that links lifetimes and the goad toward purpose/insight/understanding of who we are as I was driving home from the opening football game of UNC’s 2010 season. This game had been a gut-wrenching experience from start … Read the full post

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The Fragrance Principle

God uses us to make the knowledge of Christ spread everywhere like a sweet fragrance. for we are like a sweet smelling incense offered by Christ to God which spreads among those all—those who delight, those who are so far away… Who then is capable for such a task? God sent us, so we speak with sincerity, as Christ-followers. –adapted from 2 Corinthians 2: 14ff   We are a sweet smelling fragrance, speaking with sincerity.  This metaphor puts us alongside gardenias and lilacs—living ones who can communicate Divine Love with unfiltered immediacy.  Fragrances of love, compassion, hope, healing wafting in … Read the full post

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Like Willows By Flowing Streams

Thus says the LORD who made you, who formed you in the womb and will help you… For I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground I will pour my spirit upon your descendents, and my blessings on your offspring. They shall spring up like a green tamarisk, like willows by flowing streams. –from Isaiah 44:  1-4 I can’t remember my life making more sense than when I had a nursing newborn.  What I needed to do with my time was so clear—feed the baby, change the baby, help the baby get to sleep, … Read the full post

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Hear my prayer

Hear my prayer, O LORD; let my cry come to you… I am like an owl of the wilderness, like a little owl of the waste places. I lie awake; I am like a lonely bird on the housetop… My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass… But you, O LORD… endure through all generations. You will have compassion… You will regard the prayer of the destitute, and will not despise their prayer… Let this be recorded for all generations to come… that God came close to the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners, … Read the full post

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Presbyterians and Pleasure

  Protect me, O God; I trust in you for safety. I say to God, “You are my God; all good things I have come from you.” How excellent are God’s faithful people! My greatest pleasure is to be with them. Those who rush to other gods bring many troubles on themselves. I will not take part in their sacrifices; I will not worship their gods. You, God, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands. How wonderful are your gifts to me; how good they are! I praise God, because … Read the full post

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Swimming in the living waters

“The earth is the LORD’S and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for God has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.” Psalm 24: 1-2. Oil is hemorrhaging and starfish are dying— dolphins blinded, pelicans lacquered/grounded, and wide-eyed fish kills suffocated by humanity’s habit for annihilation. Has God retreated from these waters? Has God pulled away from the brutality—chemically unable to abide in water contaminated this way? How do we go on, knowing we have set this biocide in motion? All I can do is conjure questions. Observations are … Read the full post

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