Distant Promises

They died in faith without having received God’s promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. (Hebrews 11:13) What do we ask of you, O God, but faithfulness in presence and mercy from devouring powers? What do you ask of us, O God, but integrity in...

Chariots (Lent 18)

Easy enough to confess chariots when I have none. Easy enough to set aside pride in horses with no stables to fill. Easy enough to surrender financial confidence with a check sure to bounce. More difficult, I confess, to abandon measures of worth by capacity and...

Lessons

What example shall I be, O LORD, for the blessing of your name? If an example of grace, I might be tempted to idolize and (try to) enact a perfect persona. If an example of faith, I might fold doubt beneath my coat or tuck it into my pockets like cold hands in winter,...

Confession (First Sunday in Lent)

I have loved too little and too late. I have disengaged too easily and too coolly. I have endured too fearfully and too immutably. I have cherished too sparingly and too lightly. I have waited too patiently, too tolerantly. I have remembered too selectively and too...

Advent: Boots On

God of mercy I confess a hope that is complacent — longing not living, built on a wish not on work. Make of these half-hearted dreams full-bodied reflections of your goodness, I pray. Amen.

Stars

I was thinking that if I lean back into your arms then I might have the best view of the stars in all their brilliance and glory. By the light of their gaze I might find peace illuminated… might and maybe and if. But I don’t easily lean or rest, so I miss...

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