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”

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”

Resurrections – again and again on this day

I find my resurrections From dark, lonely, dreary tombs Of fear, separation and loss In the mockingbird that sings joyfully while playing hide and seek in the holly bush. In the thread of a text with beloved sisters who hear my cry. In the empathetic, sympathetic melodies of a piano and strings. In the chitContinue reading “Resurrections – again and again on this day”

The Summoning

There is a battle that ensues In mind and body both Each fights within itself nonstop And both against the other too. The more my mind darts forth and back And far and wide and long and fast, The more my busy body sinks And aches and downward droops. As these two the battle goesContinue reading “The Summoning”

Do you feel like me???

It’s been a long twelve months, right?  We somehow made it through last spring and then summer didn’t seem so bad.  We got out of our homes, took walks, went to parks, and got some good fresh air.  Then fall arrived; my favorite time of year.  The smells of the leaves, the crispness in theContinue reading “Do you feel like me???”

“Worth the Struggle”

We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5: 3-4   I admit grappling endlessly with this year’s Lenten Blog theme andContinue reading ““Worth the Struggle””

Growing in Faith

Do not react but act. Look to the Lord with faith and hope. Trust and obey. Seek his words: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” *   Keep going crooked until you can go straight.  Continue reading “Growing in Faith”

Tiny Practice: Saying the Jesus Prayer

The Jesus Prayer was preached frequently by Dr. Arthur Caliandro, Senior Minister of Marble Collegiate Church from 1984 to 2009 when he retired.   It recently came back into my life when Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer was aired on PBS, which re-sparked my interest in it and Arthur’s teachings.  Subsequently, two written sermons that wereContinue reading “Tiny Practice: Saying the Jesus Prayer”

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