Sunday Scripture ~ 1 Peter 4:8

"And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.”  (1 Peter 4:8 NKJV) Fervent love is a choice, and it comes with effort. The word fervent means "to be stretched," and has also been used to describe a runner, straining toward a finish line. Some versions render the… Continue reading Sunday Scripture ~ 1 Peter 4:8

Easter Anthology

Run! Let's live in power going forward in that sacred knowing.

Pilate and Peter (and me) "What shall I do with Him called Christ?" The truth:  clean hands will not suffice. Your acts of treachery which rise From disillusionment; your cries Of protest which reveal your fear Add to your guilt. Easter draws near. Be still and let the rain of pure Truth fall on you… Continue reading Easter Anthology

Two Reasons to Give the Church Another Chance

When my husband and I were still a “young couple,” we used to laugh over an imagined scenario at our church: “What ever happened to that young couple with all the boys?” “Haven’t you heard?  They divorced – someone said that they just grew apart, that they didn’t know each other anymore.” “No!  They were… Continue reading Two Reasons to Give the Church Another Chance

A Guide for Living Well as an Introvert of Faith

A Guide for Living Well as an Introvert of Faith

Little Rock, Arkansas was the Sunday stop on the last leg of our cross-country trip. I don't recall the denomination of the church we visited, but I sure remember its personality: the two-handed handshakes, the over-the-top meet-n-greet . . . and the dear woman who sat next to me and kept touching my arm whenever… Continue reading A Guide for Living Well as an Introvert of Faith

Stepping onto the Common Ground — Jayber Crow Discussion Group (5)

I've spent the past week reconnecting with my sister. She lives in Alaska. I live in Maine. She has one grown daughter, while I've spent the past 23 years living in a boys' dormitory. She has lovely nails and her wardrobe demonstrates an awareness of the comings and goings of  style. My hands and my… Continue reading Stepping onto the Common Ground — Jayber Crow Discussion Group (5)

Sacred Ordinary/Ordinary Sacred

Annie Dillard has (famously) said, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”  This is a cautionary saying for those of us who live our days as the sandwich-makers, the sock sorters, and the finders of misplaced library books.  Therefore, Liturgy of the Ordinary has landed upon my reading list… Continue reading Sacred Ordinary/Ordinary Sacred

Come Together for the Better

Weekly we gather -- seldom daily as they did in New Testament times, the era of ravenous lions and Nero's flaming, pitch-dipped Christians, human torches to light his gardens.  Lugging our three pound Bibles and a week's worth of accumulated angst, we gather, having in common our hearts of flesh and likely the scar tissue… Continue reading Come Together for the Better