Prayers from the Ark: Book Review

In one of her books (I love them all and don’t remember which one), Madeleine L’Engle reflected on the challenges of convincing publishers that A Wrinkle in Time was a children’s novel. It was too complex, too scientific, too fantastical, too...

Love (Fourth Sunday in Lent)

Happy are those who meditate on love. love multiplying in raindrops love growing in spring love singing in harmony love wrestling through mystery love waiting in silence love racing over distance love draping with radiance Happy are those who meditate on love. (Psalm...

Immanuel (Lent 19)

To the depths of Sheol, hear earth’s cry for wars to cease and bloodshed to be atoned. Let your holy sign bloom lavishly with every bud breaking ground this spring. As high as heaven, O God, witness your people’s tears outpouring and their feet dragging in...

Patience (Lent 17)

I bless the earth for nurturing the daffodil in secret until the robins are ready to herald its cheery bloom. I bless the spring peepers for freezing solid in wintery woods to wait faithfully until the early spring thaw beckons love’s chorus. I bless the sun for...

Day Song

The sun rises as the day’s ostinato. The juncos interject their staccato. The clouds soar in descant, whistling from the west. The fox barks out a tempo, the squirrel chatters out of time. Melting snow pings out its melody along the roof and down the rainspout....

How God Gets It Done

Starting tomorrow, Continuing today, Finishing yesterday. Birthing later, Dying now, Renewing before. With judgment in the by and by, Surrender while the sun still shines, Plowshares once upon a time. Delight when the mountains are made low, Peace when the waters...

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