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White Space for the Soul

White Space for the Soul

Space. What image or sense does that word conjure for you? I see a large expanse of Southwestern sky, far more spirited than the quiet tableland over which it hovers. I envision a wide meadow dotted by tiny grass flowers and flanked by woods—a clearing. A breathing, open space. Space engenders freedom, peace, and possibility. I recently stumbled upon an article in a design journal about white space. The article discussed how white space serves to punctuate a design; it pulls the eye to focus on what the designer truly wants to emphasize.  No good graphic artist uses all her...

Holy Ground

Holy Ground

“All of earth is crammed with heaven And every bush aflame with God But only those who see take off their shoes.” *Elizabeth Barrett Browning* This month I had an experience with holy ground. No flashes of light or angels with swords, but connections. People gathered together… community… hope… unity and bonding through God’s infinite grace. We worshipped. We heard music in many styles and scripture in different languages. We made our favorite meals from around the world. We met new and old friends gathered around the table. Diversity. Sure, its simple, but isn’t that where God is? In the...

How Healthy Is Your Religion?

How Healthy Is Your Religion?

A number of years ago, a woman attending another church called me to complain about her pastor. Normally I would not give much attention to what at first seemed like idle criticism. But in this case, the woman was not asking me to intervene. She was simply telling a story about her past, probably hoping I would learn something. And the more I listened, the more I learned. She had, unfortunately, lived through years of abuse from her husband. But when she finally separated from her spouse, she found her church and pastor to be more interested in rules and...

Resurrection

Resurrection

There are times when our faith goes underground. Buried under layers of earth, our hope lies dormant, and we wait. The disciples waited. Eagerly, anxiously, wondering what would happen. Even God waited. To reveal his life… power… glory. Like our homes need spring cleaning after winter, sometimes our souls do as well. Time to clean out the bitterness, pain, grief, or anger that’s accumulated. Time to allow the light, hope, peace and forgiveness of God to come in their place. Resurrection. The God of life resurrecting our hearts, our faith, our purpose. So, what if we believe its real? If...

New Vision

New Vision

Acts 9 begins with drama and intensity. Saul is breathing murderous threats against the followers of “the Way.” So hot is his rage, that he requests permission to travel outside of Jerusalem to find those believers who may have fled. On the way, Jesus himself speaks to him. In a flash of light from heaven, everything changes for Saul. He hears the voice and no sooner does he learn that it is Jesus who is speaking to him, but he also discovers that he is now blind. His companions lead him into the city, where he fasts for 3 days...

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