Has the Spirit been speaking to you in the course of this pandemic year? Where? How? Through whom or what? The past year has been quiet in some ways, making listening easier as many of us work from home. We…Read More
Holy Week | PostcardsSilent Saturday This Holy Week has been full with my family’s travels across South Florida. It has been a good practice to share digital postcards with family and friends this week as we were away for Spring Break.…Read More
Blackbirds Two poems arrived recently. Blackbirds wing their way regularly through my writing and imagination, harbingers of spiritual wisdom. I notice them everywhere I go. These will speak for themselves. +++++++++ silent black bird swooping and swaggering in my line…Read More
Holy Week VI – SaturdaySix Word Stories* in silence waiting for new life ++++++++++++ *During Holy Week the posts each day are six word stories. Today’s story is taken from the silence of the biblical witness to the story we are living…Read More
Keeping Watch in Silence This is the song that has been playing in my mind all day: Thistle and Weeds by Mumford and Sons. It begins in despair. The images of the homegrown video are evocative in their own way,…Read More
Prayer and Anxiety On Sunday morning I will teach six- seven- and eight-year-olds something about prayer. Or they may teach me. Later this week I’ll begin a two week intensive journey of learning together with a group of adults about…Read More
But finding a book in the mail stack or on the front porch is nothing unusual. The surprise in this book today was the author. And the topic. The real surprise is that I had overlooked this book for so long.
It has been 11 years since I first sat down in silence and began the practice of centering prayer. It has been 20 years since I first sat down in a classroom with Dr. Wayne Oates to learn the tasks and the art of pastoral care. It has been more than 30 years since he wrote Nurturing Silence in a Noisy Heart. I was still in middle school.Read More
is the word
for this day
And so I will keep it.