Friday Five – Prayer

‘Thoughts and prayers’ is often the glib response to any sort of tragedy these days. Yet  intentionally turning  my mind and heart towards the horrible and beautiful things of the world connects, comforts and challenges me. RevGals asks the question: What prayer practices anchor me? I often fail at prayer… I have good intentions… take…

Five Smooth Stones

There are few stories that are more familiar than the one of David and Goliath. Even the most secular people have some sort of understanding of the story. It comes from more than three thousand years ago, but still has echoes today. Israel has come into the Promised Land and become a significant presence there. With…

Neglected Beauty

Normally, by this time of the year I have spent HOURS in my garden beds. Weeding. Mulching. Trimming. They have become us much a part of spring as getting the deck furniture out, having the first drink on it and the first bonfire of the season. This year, between horrible spring weather and a heavier…

Scattering Seeds

Father’s Day… Aboriginal Sunday… Dedication of a new stained glass window… communion… Weather that is providing a challenge to local farmers… children being torn from their parents at the US border… officials using the Bible as justification! A passage from the gospel of Mark likening the realm of God to a mustard seed… What’s a…

Naked and Afraid

  Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a Biblical image when you google ‘naked and afraid?’ And I know that some of you shook your heads if you say the sign before it was changed to highlight Marita’s funeral. But naked and afraid is Biblical! It’s not often that I…

Named – Not Named

You don’t hear much about me after I won the election to become one of the chosen 12! I was so proud… me, one of the apostles! Even though it was only by chance, by tossing dice that I won, that didn’t diminish my pride. I was one of hundreds of men and women who…