6pm: Twilight Reflection (A Lenten Pause)

This season of Lent, I am focusing on the monastic practice of seven daily pauses. Each week, I offer you a poem and piece of gradually changing art for each pause. Last week, we rested at the Hour of Wisdom (3pm). This week, we break at 6pm, the Twilight Hour. A wonderful book greatly aiding me through this series is Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Wiederkehr. You’ve touched ribbons of sunlight with your fingertips. Now, the shimmer of moonbeam awaits your presence. You’ve arrived, to the edge of the day, where the sun kisses the moon. The verge of rest…

She and Her Glitter (A Valentine’s Tale)

Today is Ash Wednesday. A beautiful day in the liturgical church calendar to reflect upon our mortality and the promised resurrection of life lived with Christ. As my faith journey continues, I regularly experience little “deaths” and opportunities for little “resurrections” with the Living Christ among us. May you experience a rich season of Lent to reflect upon what Christ’s life and death mean for you. Next week, I’ll begin a weekly offering of Lent through the monastic practice of seven daily pauses. Today, I offer you a Valentine’s tale. Can you find Christ in the midst? Once upon a…

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…

Tending to Thoughts

I had an art professor in college who (pardon the language) would critique with the words, “Shit in, Shit Out”. It was a shocking statement cautioning our college-aged egos to the simple fact that if we put a minimal amount of time and effort into our work, what would ultimately come forth is, well… trash. I remember him assessing another student’s artwork and offering this as the first statement of a long lecture. Unfortunately, it was harsh honesty. This phrase has stayed with me for twenty years as I’ve navigated through life. It’s a whisper that comes forth when I…

Saturday (Thought) Pause

Teachers are not only those who come beside us in a school room, but are those who guide us gently and grow us beyond our borders. Teachers are also those we will never meet, the strangers around us who exhibit the spectrum of humanity. How much do I gain when I simply notice the unfamiliar? How much more do I gain when I welcome the unfamiliar with love? To Ponder: “Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:1-2 Prayer: Welcoming God, Help me…