Monthly Archives: January 2017

Where life is found

I don’t know exactly why people have such a difficult time seeing the kingdom of God (Gospel of Thomas, log. 113), the more and better life than we ever dreamed of that Jesus offered, the abundant life that is already spread on the earth, but I’m certain it’s not for lack of looking. Anthony de […]

Why we are the church

What are you looking for in life? What is your deepest hunger, your most pressing need, your most urgent question? What is it that, if it were offered to you, would make you willing to walk away from everything else you have in order to attain it? Is it security? A sanctuary from the assaults […]

Free from desire

A friend’s recent use of the Sanskrit word “apranihita” has kept me thinking for a couple of weeks now. (She translated it “aimlessness”; I’ve also seen “purposelessness,” “wishlessness,” or “free from desire.”) She described the idea as “living in the present moment without constantly searching for something that satisfies us.” It has some interesting resonance […]

This faithful God

Sometimes I imagine a congress of the faithful calling God to a confirmation hearing and starting the questions with: Will you be faithful to your promises? We sing from time to time, “Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee; / thou changest not, thy compassions, they […]

Standing on the promises

If you made New Year’s resolutions, odds are good you’ve already started to lose focus on them or have already broken them. New Year’s resolutions seem to last about as long as Christmas trees; on December 26 the first Christmas trees began to appear at the curb in our neighborhood, and on January 2 the […]

Mystery

During the days from Christmas into the new year I’ve been touching ground – caring for chores around the house; reading some favorite prose and poetry and some intriguing new things; listening to music that always stirs my soul, including Paul Winter’s Missa Gaia, especially Jeremy Geffen’s song “Mystery.” Well into my middle years I […]