Creative Stillness He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” Mark 4:39-40 One of the few Bible verses I ever successfully memorized as a child … Continue reading Creative Stillness
Dying Before We Die, Part 2 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die... Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a Nature has no edges. Sharp, straight edges and clear lines of demarcation are human, not divine inventions. In my former work as a … Continue reading Dying Before We Die, Part 2
Peace! Be Still! He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. Mark 4:39 Jesus had been teaching to a crowd on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. Evening came and Jesus said to his disciples, “Let … Continue reading Peace! Be Still!
Those Who Mourn Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 The second of the Beatitudes seems almost too obvious to warrant serious consideration, that those who mourn will be comforted. If it were so obvious, why would Jesus bother to say it? Perhaps the answer, as is so often the … Continue reading Those Who Mourn
Love Comes Anyway Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:11-12 The theme for the fourth week of Advent is Love. I believe that … Continue reading Love Comes Anyway
The Bridegroom He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:29-30 Here is an unexpected face of God: the bridegroom. In its context, … Continue reading The Bridegroom
The Fiery Face of God There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed.” Exodus 3:2 Fire is an amazing phenomenon, almost like something outside of the rest of creation. Its sustenance requires three … Continue reading The Fiery Face of God