You Are Good. (And the Divine Thread)

Some will start with your brokenness, your sinner status, you, 
the fallen mess. But, dear one, before you let these voices swamp you down with all the ways you fall short, anchored in knee deep mud, go back further — to the beginning, where breath was spoken and light was split. Go back to the twinkle of moonlight — the waning gibbous and waxing crescent splendor. Return to the crisp waters and the sea brimming with a range of gills and rainbow coral. Think of the land in all her glory rising up small seedlings and great oaks. Consider the…

Dust You Are. (Ash Wednesday)

Today, Ash Wednesday, begins the Season of Lent. I will offer weekly artwork based on a piece of Scripture with a Visio Divina prompt followed by several questions to ponder. May this Season offer you time to dwell upon the rich treasures found amid the gospel of Christ’s death and resurrection. Scripture Reading: “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.” – Genesis 2:7 “So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept;…

The Long Road of Esau

The story of Jacob and Esau is one of my favorites. The reason is because I when I first read about these brothers, I was blown away by the family dynamics in this story. The twins have contempt for each other from the time they are in Rebekah’s womb! There is clear favoritism from the parents. There is lying and deceiving and conniving! There are death threats and hot anger! If you’ve never encountered this story, I highly recommend reading Genesis 25:19-33:20. While Jacob fascinates me in his own right, lately, it’s Esau I’ve been considering. The Long Road of…

Redefining “Work”

I’ve been playing with the word work this week. Often, when the word work is mentioned, I cringe a little. Work and paycheck have always gone hand in hand for me. Because I don’t work in the traditional sense (40-hrs/week in a building away from home with paid income); I haven’t considered what I do as work. Many times, when the topic of work arises with others who receive a paycheck, I stutter with a meek response as to what I “do” all day. Yet, when I hear others share about their salaried work, it’s rare their response is filled…

The Unfolding Path

Making a list of goals and resolutions didn’t lure me this January. However, one invitation came through my inbox I couldn’t ignore. Christine Valters-Painter, creative author and online abbess, tenderly asked her subscribed readers to join in on “Give Me a Word 2016”. Each day, for 12 days, I received an offered spiritual practice for how to allow a word to choose me for the upcoming year. In the past, I’ve participated in similar notions, where I chose a word that appealed to me for the year. But, this was different. Instead of grabbing an interesting word and attempting to…