The Dark Before the Dawn

Melancholy The Art Institute of Chicago Odilon Redon, 1876 The past year has not been easy by any stretch of the imagination.  And so, we arrive at yet another Holy Saturday from within our own tombs.  And for so many, we are even deeper in than last year.  Grief, illness, despair, conflict, loneliness, isolation, loss,Continue reading “The Dark Before the Dawn”

Maundy Thursday

© Susan Dorothea White The First Supper, 1988 I was given John 13 to read at our service for Maundy Thursday.  “Oh, yup – that one, I got it.” I set it aside. Days later in a tough moment, I randomly opened my Bible for a quick word as I sometimes do, and as itContinue reading “Maundy Thursday”

Storms and Hope

During one of our game drives in the Maasai Mara Preserve in Kenya, the bright blue sky turned dark, and thunderous slate gray clouds gathered on the horizon while the wind howled through the grassy plains on either side of us. A storm was imminent. Our Maasai guide asked if we would like to tryContinue reading “Storms and Hope”

Guide and Friend

Acacia trees dotted the grassy plains as far as I could see. Our Maasai guide, Jacob, explained that the 580 square mile preserve is named the Maasai Mara Preserve in honor of his people who have called the area home for centuries and for the spotted look of the plains from the trees and shrubs.Continue reading “Guide and Friend”

Jump

I’m told I’ve got to strum a lyric myth of the afterlife to come So I don’t die of fright of death or waste the life I’m in. Right now my back’s against a rock so hard it almost cracks my spine – my back’s against a time-machine of life that’s tellin’ me, “no holdin’Continue reading “Jump”

The Whole Picture

I wonder if you might notice anything a little strange about this image? I was in my newly-discovered neighborhood woods on my birthday in January, when I happened on this scene. I was struck by the vibrancy of the seemingly dead surroundings, the deep blue of the pond, the way it mirrored the woods surroundingContinue reading “The Whole Picture”

A few African Sunsets for Day 3

A Sunset in Zanzibar “Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.” Samuel Smiles Two sunsets from The Mara Narok, Kenya These photos were shared by Patricia Wu from her ongoing journey to Africa.

Africa’s Splendor…Day 2

Today, we will spend some time with Lions and Cheetahs….the glory of God in nature.

A Three Day Journey to Africa

Today, we start a three-day journey with one of our leadership team members, Patricia Wu. She is currently traveling through several countries in Africa and shared some stories, pictures, and video for us to center our Lenten journey on nature. Nature has always been a source of inspiration, wonder and wisdom for me. On aContinue reading “A Three Day Journey to Africa”

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