Arise and Come Away

From greed, from vanity, from despair, from doubt, come away, o my soul. Arise and come away. From apathy, from anger, from mistrust, from fear, come away, o my soul. Arise and come away. Breathe in love, breathe out peace. Notice life as it touches your skin. Arise...

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...

In Pursuit

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. – Psalm 34:14 (NRSV) The interstate highway signs as you enter Pennsylvania read, “Pursue your happiness.” I laugh and roll my eyes every time I see them. In part because happiness is a state of being,...

Escape Plans

Michal let David down through the window; he fled away and escaped. Michal took an idol and laid it on the bed; she put a net of goats’ hair on its head, and covered it with the clothes. When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.” – 1 Samuel...

Tent-Making

Let me pitch my tent by a lamppost in the snow somewhere in a dream of witches and wardrobes and wonders that taste of delight and courage. Let me roll out a heavy tarp under a mysterious new moon resting alongside the wise wind and the patient oak tree, until...

Christmas Praise

“Let there be rest for the weary, O God Most High, rest and peace to the brokenhearted, peace and pleasure for the despondent, and let freedom come like an angel to the earth.” So sing the stars and constellations, the leviathan from its depths and the...

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