Spiritual Reflections

Spiritual Reflections

The Book of Joy

I sometimes think of myself as a spiritual magpie, always on the lookout for a bit of inspiration. If you visit my "nest" you will find the words of Jesus, lovely psalms, letters from St. Paul, commentaries from Thomas Merton, Barbara Brown Taylor and C.S. Lewis, even the poetry of Rumi....

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I commend my spirit.

Buttermoon Farm, Easter Homily 2017 Reflecting on Easter, it was Jesus's final and most revelatory words from the cross, "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit," that especially struck a chord with me this year. To "commend" means to entrust something precious to another's care with great confidence. Harper's Latin Dictionary...

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I Believe in Miracles

Once upon a time there was a little boy named Ferlando. He lived on a little island that is known for its sorrow. At first glance, it would appear that this little boy who sings in creole has very little in the world. No mother, no father, no left eye....

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Divine Courtship

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of the bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings,...

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The Game of Life

There is a very popular game in Nashville called The Escape. You may have seen the bumper stickers around town that boast, "I Escaped!" A team of eight are locked in a room filled with hidden clues. To win the game your team has to solve the clues and make...

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Toss a Hot Chili Pepper into your Roux!

Ask any French chef and they will tell you the “roux” (flour, clarified butter and special seasoning) is the foundation of every classic French recipe. A good roux lends a memorable dish, sauce or soup its depth, intoxicating aroma and velvety richness. A truly inspired chef intuitively knows when his...

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A Larger than Life Spirit

In memory of Dr. Robert Cochran I remember as a child going to McMahon's children's shoe store in downtown Spartanburg to buy my Easter white Buster Browns. The salesman would measure my foot, go to the back room and return with the perfect pair. He would  ask me to stand, push...

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A Magi Faith

There are only two ways to live your life. One as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. -Albert Einstein On an auspicious night over two millennium ago, a mysterious star appeared in a Van Gogh night sky catching a magi's attention. Was it a...

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Open Your Palm

I recently heard this story of a crosstown New York City bus stuck in rush hour traffic. Everyone on the bus was cold, annoyed and soul-weary. The minimal exchanges of words were curt, eyes cast to the floor and postures slumped. There are just some days when it is just plain...

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Bullseye to the Soul

You know when you hear a song (often it's one you don't even like), and suddenly it becomes the soundtrack of your life? In the shower, pulling into the school pick-up line, pushing your cart down the milk aisle at the grocery store, jogging around Radnor Lake, even drifting off...

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