The Holy Spirit is as real and present for me as either of the other two persons of the Trinity. I cannot have a relationship with Jesus without that Spirit dwelling in me. I can never begin to accept the vastness and mystery of the One Jesus called Father without relying on the Spirit to … Continue reading Opening Up
I learned many things at my conference at Columbia Theological Seminary’s “Yes, And: Improvisational Leadership in Times of Dizzying Change" conference. I learned a lot of improv skills. I learned how they relate to ministry, including my work in spiritual direction. And I learned that I both miss congregational ministry and am grateful to have … Continue reading Don’t Yuck My Yum!
“We can never know about the days to come But we think about them anyway, yay” -Carly Simon I’m on my last day before a three day vacation (oops -- I mean conference) in Atlanta. Yes, I will be working, but these breaks always seem like such a lovely time to get away from housework, … Continue reading Anticipation
I must admit that I am not riveted to the news broadcasts coming out of Las Vegas this morning after the horrific shooting there last night. Not because I don’t care, but because I care too much. I am aware that knowing a few facts are important – that there were people killed and injured, … Continue reading Ups & Downs
I have been following this blog since just about the time I started blogging and I thought his perspective on hurricanes was so relevant.
Life has a funny way of repeating itself. At the age of 14, I lived through one of the most intense hurricanes to ever hit the Caribbean. Hurricane Hugo laid waste to my Island of St. Croix. Many months would pass before my family would regain any sense of normalcy. We grew used to taking cold bucket showers outside without any thought of whether we were being watched by some malevolent human predator.
We learned how to navigate through a darkened and partially-covered tarp roof house. The buzzing sounds of flies by day and mosquitoes by night became our unrelenting summer symphony. Consuming deliciously-served room temperature MRE’s was always an adventure. My siblings and I would argue about whom would get the last MRE fudge brownie. Our favorite pastime activity included playing with other survivors of the storm up to the last second before the martial law curfew went into…
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We had friends over yesterday so I ran to the grocery store after church to pick up a couple of shared favorite snacks. But I didn’t have my weekly list done – so I need to go back to the grocery store today. And if we’re running low on ground beef or chicken, I’ll have … Continue reading Grocery Gratitude
Source: Saturday Prayer: Listening with Elijah
I have spent the past week after Hurricane Irma shut the town down* watching Pirates of the Caribbean again. My son was finally old enough to brave the skeletons of the first movie, Curse of the Black Pearl – though he still preferred to let me handle the second movie with its eerie fish creatures … Continue reading Pirates
(I’m posting this later, but originally wrote this with pen and paper with the power out as we waited through a much diminished Hurricane Irma in Savannah.) I live in Savannah, GA and we’re near the end of our part of Hurricane Irma’s terrible story. The power’s out, but otherwise no major damage, not nearly … Continue reading Puzzles
I love to work. Not hard, get-sweaty, break-a-nail work, mind you, but I have always loved my jobs. One day, I think when I was still doing non-profit development work in Boston, I was telling my mother about all the hours I had worked that week. Never an early riser, I generally wasn’t in the … Continue reading Laboring
It is completely inappropriate to gripe about rain in Savannah when there is flooding from a hurricane in East Texas. So let me be completely inappropriate – my goodness, will it ever stop raining in Savannah? The days have been so grey. My husband, who lived many years in Portland, Oregon where the sun doesn’t … Continue reading Grey is the Loneliest Color…