Earth’s Joy

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness… Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving. Psalm 100:1-2, 4 (NRSV) I was tired before the pandemic overtook our days, our news, our livelihoods. Far from dancing my way into God’s presence, I...

Trial and Error

Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the LORD, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the LORD has a controversy with the people, and God will contend with Israel. “O my people, what have I done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me!” – Micah 6:2-3...

Joy

Lead us to the water, O Spirit, calm in a pool or flowing in a river or pounding down a waterfall. Lead us to the water where we can bathe, splash, leap and laugh, rinse and relax, soak for hours, until violence is washed clean from our skin and defensiveness is eased...

The Hills Are Alive

You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness. The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy. – Psalm 65:11-12 (NRSV) The house where I grew up is purported to have been a speakeasy during...

Holy Mysteries

Bless the LORD, all people, and praise God’s infinite wisdom. We did not lay earth’s foundations and we did not set the breadth of the sky. We cannot call rain from the clouds or command the lightening to strike. But, O God, we have been stricken here...

Held

As far as the sky is stretched from east to west, I am held. As deep as the tree is planted from mystery to miracle, I am held. As long as time is sustained from birth to death, I am held. As high as the wind is called from whisper to storm, I am held. As close as the...

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