Advent Journey Day Four: Comfort

 Advent Journey Day Four-Comfort Today I encourage you to read Isaiah chapter 40. This is perhaps one of the most encouraging and beautiful chapters of the Bible. Did you know that these opening verses actually open Handel’s Messiah? Lovely! Imagine Handel reading these words for the first time and beginning to hear musical ideas forming…….

Fantasy Exercise #1 The Crucifixion

Fantasy Exercise #1 The Crucifixion  How would you paint the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? There are so many versions of the scene and I think when we look at the work of another artist, we can get so caught up in trying to figure out what that artist is saying that…

My Retreat Interview

Last month, I had the pleasure of appearing on Tina Korte’s program called: “The Power of One” I hope you can join us for this conversation of connecting with God thru the Arts. In Jesus Name, Florida Retreat, April 3, 2019

In Jesus’ Name: The Good Shepherd

If you have been following this series you know that I am working my way through some of the names of Jesus found in scripture. These meditations are not meant as another version of what we are taught to believe about each name. Instead they are an attempt to unravel the hidden meanings that we…

Examen in Tranquility

I have been following and exploring the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola this month with the Jesuits of Britain Pathways to God. One of the practices that they encourage is to pray the “Examen” which teaches a guided meditation to daily examen your day or your week through prayer. The following phrases and…

Silent Night

After a long day of activities, I relish bedtime… It is wonderful to slide in-between clean sheets-soft blanket-and take a moment to pause over a treasured book so that I might quiet my thoughts enough to drift into sleep… And yet the house can seem ominous at times when the an unfamiliar sound breaks the…

A Study in Red

As we continue in our search for new perspectives of the cross, I wanted to share this blog I originally posted last year. Fitting for this month as I meditated on the color red. Gazing at the numerous paintings by Rogier van der Weyden some time ago, I was struck by this work in particular and how…

Feeling Unclean

We have all felt like we didn’t fit in with a certain crowd of people. They drive nicer cars or they like to talk about things that are out of our life experience. Real or imagined we tend to pull away from people like this because we fear we are just not good enough… But what…

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…

Te Deum (Praise the Lord)

It is the end of another semester for me which means my life is a whirlwind of concerts and recitals. Good weather has finally arrived and my heart is full of praises today as I rest in the knowledge of God’s greatness and love. Please join me as we use this photograph paired with a…