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Wrapped Around a Rock

Pinyon pine trees in northern New Mexico have roots that are 20 feet long, curling around rocks to hold them against storms. What are our lives wrapped around and holding onto?


Render the Tender

It’s said that life is God’s gift to us and what we do with life is our gift back to God. I take it a step further: My life belongs to God. My life is God’s currency in the world.


Scoffers? Pshaw. Scoffers are losers.

What if we could disagree with someone and still treat them with respect? If we could be angry without belittling others? If we could remember that God loves the person we’re scoffing?


The Blessing of the Darkness

Even as communities lose their rights and neighbors flee their persecution, the depths of our commitments to each other are gestating in the great womb that promises new life.


A “Grown Folks’ Conversation”

The life of our faith and the life of our nation are dependent upon those who have experienced joys and pains, agonies and ecstasies, sharing with those who do not yet know.


What the Story Is About

I’ve believed that I deserve life’s storms. I’ve believed it serves me right. And I’ve known the feeling of relief when adversity subsides, when the end allows me to begin again.


Hide and Seek

Notice to notice. Remember to remember. Pray to pay attention and to appreciate—knowing that such a prayer is already and regularly granted.


But Which Tune?

Music helps words soar above the everyday. Words help music sink deeply into our spirits. And there is no one version of the music and words that can be defined as “traditional.”


The Earth

Many of us are understandably panicked about climate chaos. The earth has been torn asunder, violently shaken, utterly broken. But God can fix what is broken, with enough time.


Big-Big!

God is not just big, but big-big! Big-big enough to not be swayed by privilege. Big-big enough to fairly treat parentless children. Big-big enough for all to have what they need.