In Jesus’ Name: The Beloved Son

  By framing this scene, of Christ and the angels, with billowing clouds, Hans Hemling  suggest to our mind that there is another heavenly dimension only a breath away. He plants the idea that if we only listen closely we might be able to catch a glimpse of Jesus’ glory and hear a mighty chorus…

In Jesus’ Name: The Resurrection and Life

Am I too late to celebrate you O Savior of the World? *Woman why are you crying? Have I been too caught up in the now– in the ordinary things of this world? I am anxious, O Lord, and I can not see you. Who is it your are looking for, child? Lord do you…

In Jesus’ Name: Great High Priest

As it is the eve of Palm Sunday, I had planned to post an image of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding a donkey and consider his name Lord and King. But the spirit decided otherwise and I was drawn into contemplation of this remarkable image by French artist James Tissot (1836-1902) which cast me…

In Jesus’ Name: Truth

Born in a time of absolutes; to parents living in the land of free spirits; I have always held things up to inspection to question whether or not something rings true for me. Sometimes things just don’t add up…this then can lend itself to cynicism if I’m not careful. How does a person know who…

In Jesus’ Name: Son of God

When I was a child, I spoke as a child… How do we address Jesus? What do we call him most often? Do we visualize him as we speak to him in prayer? or do we speak directly to God and by pass Jesus only using his name to endorse our prayers? When I was…

Divine Moments

Life is a journey with many passing stages. Each step of our way is filled with its own unique challenges, but also blessings. Can you think of a few? The time of sweetness when we hold a baby for the fist time and let them curl their little fingers around ours. The days of pure…

Why We Pray: Imitation

Confession: I struggle with dieting. I find it difficult to give up all the little ways I indulge myself each day. A small piece of chocolate…a few chips…and bit of extra cream in my coffee… you know what I mean:) I have found the trick is to commit totally to living a healthier life style….

Why We Pray: Seeing

Confession: “I can’t do it all!” I hear my heart cry and as I experience this thought, I grow more and more burdened by my constant feeling of aimlessness. Shouldn’t I know, after all these years of devotion, which path to take?  I am constantly searching for the best way forward. It seems every year…

Why We Pray: Solace

Confession: I don’t pray as often as I should. I get busy-distracted-tired and sometimes I just can’t see the point. Discouragement sets in and then complacency… Piling on: Most days I can see the benefits to Facebook and other social media, but then sometimes I feel too connected to hearing about everyone’s pain. “How can I…

Faith: The Engine of God’s Creative Redemption

Guest Blogger Steven Hovater Incarnation and Imitation The incarnation revealed what is possible when a human moves in God’s will, and by God’s power. In Jesus, God acted, but also demonstrated what human action in the name of God looks like. For I have set you an example, Jesus says, that you also should do…