True Feelings

“The truth is: you’re bossy and annoying!” The taut frame of the young girl, rigid with frustration exploded with these words, then she turned heel and ran, her ponytail bouncing exclamation marks after her. Like the girl, our negative but true feelings underlie our bursts of accusation. “The truth is…” usually prefaces revealing feelings held…

A Prayer for When You Feel You Don’t Have Enough Time

Father of creation, Son born into time, Spirit within me today, I turn my complaint into confession: What feels like not enough Is really me trying to have more— I’m not recognizing you give me what I need. Temper my greed, So that I can live well Within the margins of today. May I not…

Embracing Limits to Find Abundance

Long ago, and not so long ago, the sun and moon and seasons governed us. The sun’s descent plunged all into darkness. Candles and lamps lent a little glow, but eventually dwindled out. In general, people wanted to preserve their oil and candles so their use was curtailed to meet practical needs. In ancient Israel,…

Bold Gentleness

Under the fluorescent light, I was organizing stacks of new pots, toilet bowl brushes, can openers, laundry baskets, blankets, and a motley of household goods. Pillows periodically tumbled when I shifted a box underneath. Today, I expected quite a few people to come and gather items for their new apartments. Refugee families new to central…

Gathering Discernment

I once went mushroom hunting and had no idea which mushroom was safe to pick and eat. Add to this, the complication that I was in a different country with companions who were learning English, and mushroom terminology was not part of the curriculum! As we stepped over logs and scoured under leaves, I had…

Trapped by Doubts

I think I need a lock screen on my phone with the words “You, bleary-eyed one, do not touch this! Danger!”—on a red background, in bold. Have you ever regretted your early morning, nonchalant scroll through social media? I certainly have. Just this past week, I spent three days removing the shrapnel of allowing the…

Finding God’s HiddenTreasures in Our Identity

I am beginning many new things these days, and they each require introducing myself to new people. However, these new circumstances come with the added advantage of written introductions rather than off-the-cuff, meet-someone-in-the-store type. You’d think it would be easy! Part of the difficulty is that the forums where I’m introducing myself are all looking…

The Contagious Conviction of Love

Like a moth enraptured by the light, I stood just on the edges of a circle of people hovering to listen. It seemed as though the sounds and words were woven together into a third dimension, as the musicians allowed their joy and assurance to bubble out through their music-making. Their skills good, but their…

Positively Perplexed

Undulating road rolls under my chronically tumbling mind as I seek to soothe it by cycling into exhaustion. Call it my relief effort, or my ride to escape. However, I neither find relief nor escape. But I do find God. Perplexed. That’s what I am. And being perplexed is like walking the side of a…

A Hungry Spirit

Has it ever bothered you that you have to eat regularly? Would you like to be able to go without for longer – maybe get more done, not be interrupted, not have to think about what to eat and whether it’s good for you? As much a foodie as I am, as much as I…