If Only

if only, my god, the river of healing left its banks to come heal us where we stand with our feet stuck in the mud if only, my god, the letter of peace penned itself to the angry mobs and violent landlords who worship cruelty if only, my god, the silver coins and gold...

Do Not Fret

Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers, for they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. … Commit your way to God, trust in God who will act. – Psalm 37:1-2 & 5 (NRSV)  A wise friend said to me, “A person who...

Peace

Peace to your path, winding into the night; peace toward your path, moving toward the light. Peace to your fear as it tramples the adder; peace to your fear when love makes it shatter. Peace to your prayers, crying out for comfort; peace to your prayers and the heart...

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...

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...

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