The Imprint of Sole

Acts 9:36-43 [watch video here] Transforming love. Let’s take a survey. Who has ever been transformed by love? Raise your hand if the answer is yes. I have! How have you been transformed? Has it been like the slow drip of rainthat leaves scattered holes on a rock’s surface? Or have you experienced a sudden transformation–likeContinue reading “The Imprint of Sole”

The Moment of Recognition

[Watch video here.] John 21:1-19 Let’s pray. Loving Rabboni, you welcome me into your community.You listen to my voice, you see me as I am, and I am loved.I have courage and strength to persevere in your loving way,loving God, loving creation, and loving my neighbor.Send me; use me.When I encounter suffering, I will showContinue reading “The Moment of Recognition”

The Spiritual Practice of Wastefulness

John 12:1-8 [Watch the sermon video here.] They called Jesus a waster. One who wastes.Mary found her special perfume, which cost a year’s wages,and poured it all over Jesus’ feet. Priceless perfume oozed into his souls,and then … the floor! The onlookers remembered that Jesus rebuked extravagance.Now, as priceless perfume soaked his skinthey called himContinue reading “The Spiritual Practice of Wastefulness”

Carnivorous Plants: Sundew

I am delighted to introduce you to the sundew (genus: Drosera)!  They live on every continent except Antarctica.   The genus Drosera is comprised of over ninety species! The sundew grows sticky tenacles on its long leave blades as a way to catch insects.  In many species, the leaf then folds over itself, like a sandwich,Continue reading “Carnivorous Plants: Sundew”

Carnivorous Plants: Butterwort

Today, I want to introduce you to the butterwort (Pinguicula)! The butterwort is considered an active flypaper because it has sticky leaves that catch animals* and move to curl around them. At the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, the butterworts are teeny tiny.  On February 11, the first butterwort I saw measured 1-2 inches wideContinue reading “Carnivorous Plants: Butterwort”

Carnivorous Plants: Parrot Pitcher

Today, I want to introduce you to the parrot pitcher (Sarracenia psittacina), which is a type of trumpet pitcher! I like to think of the parrot pitcher as a bit of a magician or an illusionist. The parrot pitcher lies horizontally. In order to lure the animals in, the parrot pitcher places nectar on theContinue reading “Carnivorous Plants: Parrot Pitcher”