Prospect

to sit still to do one thing and one thing only to begin and to end a breath without distraction outside my window a man stands on a ladder to paint the ceiling of a parking garage with a brush — a brush for six levels of concrete to do one thing to begin and to...

Call the Names

In thanksgiving for ancestors and kin, for mothers and sisters across generations, for those who help to birth and those who accompany the walk and those who tell the tales, I call the names: Grace Susan Mildred Lydia Lucy Jacqueline Eleanor Tamar Diane Cheni Ruth...

Lent 10 (For the Birds)

Here a raven in all its arrogance Here a gull in its single-mindedness Here a scrappy sparrow full of chatter Each content in life and work (although to be fair, they know no different) And would they live differently if they did? Would the gull wish its voice more...

1 Corinthians 1:4a

“I give thanks to my God always for you…” Too often (I confess to believing) there is not enough time to sit to be with you to talk to listen to let time pass unattended But increasingly I remember what I am missing: stillness receptiveness...

Thanks But

in her eyes surely You saw too the love and grief commingled the tears mourning the past the weary smile loving the present it’s bittersweet this bit about giving thanks although we have long lists of blessings equally long are our lists of grievances not...

Lent 20: French Fries

From my book Writing to God: Kids’ Edition, prayer idea #2: Write to God about your feelings. Tell God when you’re happy. God likes to hear your joy! You can write sentences about feeling  happy, or write a list of thanks that make you happy. For example,...

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