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…

Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Sitting home today in the middle of snow storm, I have decided it is a wonderful day for a discussion of flowers:) Several years ago while on a car trip in New England, my husband and I stopped over in Hartford Conn, to visit the home of Mark Twain. It is quite spectacular and defiantly worth the trip,…

Heroes of Compassion

How can we make the story of the “Good Samaritan” come to life? What could gazing at this painting, by Van Gogh, potentially reveal that is new and undiscovered.  Possibly nothing, and yet I do enjoy gazing at the scene and thinking about why he might have chosen this story as his subject. Did it have some…

New Worlds of Science Fiction

How did God surprise you this year? Can you look back and see the journey of one year? or does it seem like only yesterday you were putting the Christmas tree away from last year’s celebrations? I pray that you take a moment or two, to reflect on those new discoveries you have made over…

Last Straws and Victory Dances

How does spending time in stillness with the art and music surrounding Jesus’ birth change us? How has it changed me? Looking back, I can see that these lessons of the incarnation have totally changed my Christian outlook on life. Discovering the importance of celebrating Christmas and learning how to make Jesus the reason for…