Glory Jars

I recently rediscovered the special book, A Book of Hours, by Thomas Merton. Merton writes, "We do not know we are full of paradise because we are so full of our own noise that we cannot hear God singing us and all things into beauty." I am learning that when

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Bono and Eugene Peterson

I am an avid fan of Bono and his iconic band U2. What I didn't know until recently was that Bono is a passionate seeker of God. Recently, I listened to a beautiful conversation between the rock star and Eugene Peterson, one of the most treasured writers and theologians of

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The Secret Life of Bees

I became a beekeeper for three reasons: One, I love honey. Two, I know the bees are integral to the health and survival of our planet. And three, having watched a friend working in his hive, a portrait of calm in the center of a bee swarm storm, I wanted

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What Truly Matters

When attending a funeral, we are brought to an uncomfortable but clarifying edge between life from death. The internal troubling conversation begins. We know deeply what a gift it is to be a human and extraordinarily kin to God. Our time here is short to be filled with all the

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What We Wish Were True

Today is the book release for my dear friend Tallu Schuyler Quinn's masterpiece, What I Wish Were True! have relished Tallu’s prose, poetry and prayers for fifteen years. As an artist, a theologian, but especially a lover of life, her words touch the sacred and deep in all of

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Holy Week Reflection

There is no cure for mortality. Golgotha is in my future and yours. As did Jesus, we will experience that terrifying reckoning of body and spirit; a definitive break of what was before and what will be. Jesus modeled for us the trepidation, the paralyzing fear, the grief, the doubt,

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Waiting

Have you been there— that unnerving “purgatory of waiting” where you are desperate to either stop or fast-forward time and manifest a desired outcome for yourself or someone you love? At any given moment, we are all waiting for the beginning or the ending of something. We wait for dreams

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One Square Inch of Silence

Today I am interested in the possibility of rediscovering and cultivating “one square inch of silence” within us. Faced with the pressures, the loudness, the busyness of our modern-day lives, we must with intentionality and discipline “cultivate calm” in our lives. The goal is to engage with the world from

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It’s a New Year

Time is precious. None of us know how much sand remains in our hourglass so we cannot afford to focus any more time and energy on the uncertain, the scary, the negative. God is focused on what new and marvelous things are forthcoming. Maybe permitting ourselves to dream again is

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