Tag Archives: here and now

Open your doors, open your eyes

National Poetry Month, Day 17  //  The greatest blessings in life are the commonest, and I’m blind to them usually because I look too high. I yearn for the big, unusual blessings and fail to see them precisely because the big ones are unusual. The common ones, the ones God loves to give, are most […]

Like treasure hidden

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field . . .” (Matthew 13:44) July 25 was a life-changing day for Jack London. On that day in 1897 he set off for the Klondike Gold Rush. Gold had been found a year earlier, but it took some time for news to reach the […]

The sacred pause

Within minutes of posting my morning message from Holloway Memorial Chapel (“Important work like sittin’ around fishin’), an article from Tara Brach came along to serve as a timely complement, “The Sacred Art of Pausing.” “We fill our days,” she observes, “with continual movement: mental planning and worrying, habitual talking, fixing, scratching, adjusting, phoning, snacking, […]

On the road with Christ

Two key questions keep coming up in the gospel readings these first weeks of Easter: Where will the risen Christ appear, and what will the risen Christ look like? The reality of the resurrection is never in question for the evangelists, but there are lots of questions about where and how Christ appears. And they […]

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 […]

Life is not a dress rehearsal

During one of our recent cottage meetings, part of our conversation turned to the North Rose that exists only in memory: the drug store, a grocery, a bank, the movie house. No one mentioned the Knotty Pine Restaurant, the folks who came to eat there, the community networks that were maintained there, the town business […]

Presence

When I was in elementary school, at the beginning of every day’s class the teacher would call the roll. “Olivia Bigger,” she would say. And Olivia would answer, “Here.” And so on through the alphabet: “Clarence Crittenden.” “Present.” “Leanne Davidson.” “Here.” “Naston Manley.” “Here.” “Richard Neal.” . . . “Here.” But was I really there? […]