Getting Away

We all need to get away To find a bit of breathing room New perspectives Time to reconnect with family A break from the day to day Only this year I am struggling with a tailbone injury/issue that isn’t allowing me to sit in the car for longer than a short trip across town. So…

Podcast: Henry Ossawa Tanner

On this episode of “Seeking God Thru the Arts” we will be looking at the work of Henry Ossawa Tanner who was an American painter born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1859. I will be joined by Adam Nettesheim who regularly posts to my Facebook page called God thru the Arts.  In our discussion we’ll be…

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

  Not sure why I am so drawn to this painting, but there is just something about it that really speaks to my soul. So let’s unpack it together. Painted in 1890, it is the last painting Van Gogh produced in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France, shortly before he died. It is sort of a last testimony if…

The Light of Faith

We all can get burned out from time to time… and our once full throated song can become a half-hearted tune that we push through as we become absent minded about the glorious nature of our faith. How can we cope with these times of the “doldrums” in our walk with God? How can we…

A Summertime Pause

Summertime is a time for stepping back and taking a break from our very hectic pace of life and enjoying some much needed quality time outdoors. I look forward to the warm temperatures and relaxed schedule that summer provides for me so that I might work on new projects; make  progress on my stack of…

Sowing the Seeds of Peace

I’m calling for an independant council. I hope you will join me. But I’m calling for a different kind of council…and that is one of peace. Dear Lord send us an independent counselor who can help all sides of this political and cultural civil discord that we are now experiencing, to sit down at the table together…

Adventures in Music and Healing

 I had coffee with my dear friend Diane this past week. I enjoyed hearing about her discovery of playing the harp and I was interested to learn more of how it had gotten her through a particularly dark time. Below is the story of her adventure into buying a Concert Harp. May it give you courage and…

The Grace of Visiting Churches

How can we practice more diversity in our fellowships and in our communities? What can be gained by our openness? How can we begin in our outreach to one another? As you are reading this I plan to be looking up at this beautiful dome:) I have always wanted to travel more abroad to visit in…

Pictures of Faith

From the earliest days of our Christian heritage, people have been expressing their faith through imagery. These pictures became tools of their devotion so they might focus their thoughts on a humanistic vision of Jesus. This image from the 2nd century, illustrates beautifully early Christian’s love and devotion to Mary. Through her, they connected more deeply to Christ’s humanity and in the process found little pieces of themselves…

Our Nakedness

Now that Spring is here and many of us are already changing our cloths over to lighter wear, I invite you to cast off your shoes and wander with me awhile in the Garden of Eden. What did we actually lose that day when Adam and Eve ate of the now famous forbidden fruit? The French Post- Impressionist…