Cloudy

There are days when I do not mind your mystery, O Holy One, and days when I can even declare it to be the good news. But, oh! What I really want is for your cloudiness to clear, for your words to distill themselves distinctly, simply, for your history to guarantee my...

Protest (A Psalm)

The Holy One has been rejected so that routine might not be disrupted. Cry out, O Brokenhearted! The Holy One has suffered so that the murderer might walk free. Cry out, O Brokenbodied! Raise your lament, all you who are witnesses. Do not hold back your rage before...

Sleepless

Tell me, stars, how often God has shown up for you in your cold existence. Over the millennia, how often has God been your renewal, your hope, your reason for being — or have you died already, unnoticed, your light unrequited? Tell me, tears, if you ever grow...

I Cannot Fly

I cannot fly, O God of the soaring eagle; I cannot even leap with a dancer’s grace. But today I can wake and I can rise, and perhaps the strong wind will remind me not to be so rooted in fear. I cannot measure up, O God of the starry heavens; I cannot even...

Rock Bottom

O God, the nations have defiled your holy temple; they have laid Jerusalem in ruins. They have given the bodies of your servants to the birds of the air for food. – Psalm 79:1-2 (NRSV) The bleakness of early Advent – these first few days when the lectionary...

At a Distance

Then God said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship at a distance. Moses alone shall come near the LORD; but the others shall not come near, and the people shall not come up with him.” –...

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