Walk in Beauty

John 20:1-18 Walk in beauty. I heard that phrase this week, and have been wondering what it means. How do we walk in beauty? Most importantly: How do we walk in beauty when we feel like giving up? I have been thinking about this painting this week. Do you know what it is of? … It’s a painting by a […]

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Water Changes Everything

Luke 6:27-38 Water changes everything. This truth washed over me with the summer rainfall as Matt and I trekked ever upward, determined to reach the top of the mountain peaks that beckoned us. We had been working on a patch to hike the highest 46 mountain peaks in the Adirondacks – and time was of the essence. These were some […]

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My Words to You

Poet Jean Valentine writes: My words to you are the stitches in a scarf I don’t want to finish maybe it will come to be a blanket or a net to hold you here love not gone anywhere. — I am drawn in by her first line: My words to you are the stitches in a scarf I don’t want […]

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Finding Our Way

Matthew 2:1-12 Poet Wendell Berry writes: “It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.” — I am […]

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Tattoos of the Heart

Deuteronomy 6:1-9 Mark 12:28-34 I have told you several stories about Jesuit priest Greg Boyle who lives in LA and employs and rehabilitates gang members at a place called Homeboy Industries . One day, at Homeboy Industries, Greg has been dealing with a particularly exasperating homie, so he decides to change up his strategy and catch the homie in the act of do something right. Greg sees that he has been too harsh and that the homie, in fact, had been doing the best they could. Greg tells the homie how heroic he is and how the courage he exhibits now in transforming his life far surpasses the hollow bravery of his gang-related past. Greg tells him he is a giant among men. The homie is thrown off balance by all this and silently stares at Greg, whom the homies call G. Then he says, “Wow, G … I’m gonna tattoo that on my heart.” This story reminds me that: there are things worth tattooing on our hearts in permanent ink. The Hebrew Scripture today tells us to write the words, love God, on our hearts, to repeat them constantly as we wake up and sleep, and to post the words on our doorways and houses. For the greatest commandments on this: love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Love God. Love neighbor. Write this everywhere. Scribble it on post-its and stick it everywhere in your house. Why do […]

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Simplicity

Mark 10:46-52 “in light of each day’s questions, I am never prepared. Today, again, I have nothing to offer but a handful of old prayers, worn down by relentless abrasion of doubt, and a fragment of dream that plays on in my head only half-remembered. Still, the doves coo and circle through the pines as they do when I pass […]

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