It’s Christmas Eve

Madeline L’Engle’s book The Irrational Season has been the basis of this year’s Advent blog. As Advent ends and we welcome the Christ Child, I share these words, and also some words of thanks. This is an irrational season…and God is irrational. Who would think God, almighty God, would choose to touch down in our world, comingContinue reading “It’s Christmas Eve”

Bit by Bit

  I am blessed to live on the Hudson River and look out on a beautiful park filled with glorious trees.  I watch the seasons come and go, buds form, leaves bloom, colors turn, leaves fall until the barrenness arrives. It always comes as a surprise, stark and surreal those barren branches.  The very sameContinue reading “Bit by Bit”

Make a Trail

Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;  God’s the one who will keep you on track. Proverbs 3:6 All too often we follow the path that others have set for our lives. As we grow up, our peers tell us how we should dress and how we should act. Our parentsContinue reading “Make a Trail”

Afternoon Bonus: Excess Baggage

Like many others, I’m doing a lot of traveling this holiday season.  At the check-in kiosk, I notice another traveler trying to pare down the contents of her luggage to avoid fees for an extra carry on and overweight luggage.  One pile was for the garbage. I noticed a couple of books and an oldContinue reading “Afternoon Bonus: Excess Baggage”

Doing Less and Being More

  I was so excited when I figured out that I could retire this year.  Even though I loved my work, the daily grind of commuting over 2 hours to and from Queens every day was becoming too taxing on me. Once I retired, I set out the ambitious goal of co-creating the next chapter ofContinue reading “Doing Less and Being More”

A Different Way to Honor the Solstice

Psalm 25:4-5 NIV   Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. For quite some time, the month of December had been a blur of activity, noise, coldness, darkness and fuss. ByContinue reading “A Different Way to Honor the Solstice”

Shepherd, Shepherd, hear the Calling

My introduction to the writings of St. Teresa of Avila came from a Buddhist friend.  She had recently moved to live and work at a retreat center in Dutchess County, New York after two decades living in busy Brooklyn and Manhattan. After sharing photos of the bucolic beauty that enriches her daily routines, she letContinue reading “Shepherd, Shepherd, hear the Calling”

A Curved Path

We oftentimes walk on a path that curves to the right or left in life.  This photo of a paved path that curves to the right.  It has walls of vegetation on both sides and the vegetation is very thick. So thick, you cannot see outside of the path.  The world is hidden to theContinue reading “A Curved Path”

From the Cocoon

TRAILS AND TRIBULATION Trails can quickly change.   They can suddenly become the unexpected, the not-your-usual walk through the woods.  Round a corner and bam – a hairpin turn, a steep incline, a vast wilderness or fierce predator, even a drop off a cliff.  And rarely a “Hazard Ahead” sign to mark what’s coming. God calls to usContinue reading “From the Cocoon”

The Small Gestures that can Reset our Souls…

Late in the afternoon last Saturday, I was attempting to put lights and garland on my fireplace mantel like I do each year.  Nothing was staying in place and two strings of lights ended up falling down and breaking.  I had been feeling overwhelmed with the coming of the holidays and the pressure to getContinue reading “The Small Gestures that can Reset our Souls…”

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