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Deep Dream – Redux

[I recently shared this poem and a Lectio Divina type exercise - you can read it here.  In this post, I share my own experience and thoughts.  Again, you are most welcome to share your experience with the poem in the comment section below.] Deep Dream I’ve spent many years learning how to fix life,…
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A Deep Dream

I’ve spent many years learning how to fix life, only to discover at the end of the day that life is not broken There is a hidden seed of greater wholeness in everyone and everything. We serve life best when we water it and befriend it. When we listen before we act. In befriending life,…
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Welcome to my Garden

Take your shoes off in the garden of my soul for it is holy ground. You are welcome in the vulnerability of your bare feet to spend some time and be refreshed. All I ask is that you stay to the path as not to trample and crush the most delicate of new vegetation, and…
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Hope from the Ashes

Andrea and I went hiking a few days ago in Waterton National Park.  It is a lovely treasure just a couple of hours' drive from home.   With COVID-19 restrictions being slowly lifted the park was being reopened on a limited basis so we took the opportunity to visit. We set out along a trail…
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Healthy Community is where we learn to be Community

The old joke says ‘Church would be awesome if it weren’t for the people’ and amidst a hearty chuckle, we sense a twinge of truth. Community is made of up human beings just like you and me - doing the best we can with what we have.  They are places where imperfect people, those of…
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Seeing through Jesus

Hey Mike,  We know, according to scripture, God chose the Israelites as his people. Joined together under a covenant. There were several other tribes or nations on the earth and they must have had their own creation stories and modes of worship so was God not with them? It wouldn’t be Yahweh, but it would…
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The Hangover – Easter Saturday

Oh man... what did I do yesterday?  It seems like a terrible nightmare.  I am awake now - covered in sweat, trembling and a headache like I had drunk a gallon of wine last night.  I was caught up in something terrible. Something demonic - a mob.  How did this all go so sideways, and…
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Fear Not but if you do that’s okay

“Fear not” or something similar is said to be found approximately 365 times in the bible.  It seems to be a significant thread throughout the scriptures and yet, beyond face value what is to be made of these two words? if we come from a legalistic tradition, we might understand these exhortations as commands.  Edicts…
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The Both-And approach to Fear

It was a simple statement on my feed this morning.  They stated, “Faith and worry cannot co-exist.” With a sigh, I asked, “So then why is it that fear and faith co-exist all the time?" We have to do better than mere platitudes. Surely Christian spirituality is more robust in the hothouse of real life.…
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One Saturday Morning

“Teacher, surely we are to be like the chunks of ice floating effortlessly with the current of the river.” The teacher smiled and said “ Indeed, and yet against the current the fish swims, the geese paddle and the river plant holds fast. Such is a life lived whole.” [a story from prayer and a…
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