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Noonday Demon

If you’ve been gripped by self-doubt and felt the overwhelming urge to run and hide, Psalm 91 says, 'Go for it!' Imagine God as a big ol’ bird with a down chest to snuggle against.


Ditch Happens

It’s easy to aspire to be the Good Samaritan. It requires deeper, spiritual work to relate to the one who feels abandoned in the ditch. But ditch happens. To all of us.


Shadow Blessings

In the eyes of God, “darkness” is not an underbelly, not an underdog position, not a thing to fear. Darkness is healing space, resting space, uninterrupted space for blessings.


Enemies

Holy One, when we encounter trouble and opposition, help us to know if it’s because we’re following your will or our own.


Paradox

God is so much more than you or I can imagine. And so you and I, created in the divine image, are much more than we can imagine, too.


Biblical Marriage?

Many a heart has been tuned more closely to God through interfaith exploration. Because God is bigger than any one religion. And all of them.


Not A Book, A Bottle

Of all the things God tracks, merits and sins are the least. Our griefs in life and love, our tossings and tears—those God carefully collects. Not in a book, but in a bottle.


Expiration Date

For all of us engaged in the fights to establish peace and justice, it's reassuring to know that our efforts are not in vain. The reigns of evil are only seasonal.


The Diet That Will Change Your Life

There are good reasons to be mindful about food. Almost none of them are of ultimate import. None of them are going to get you what I suspect you may really be starving for.


Ego Issues

Pride was not created for human beings, according to Sirach. For whom then—or for what—was pride created? For the sun or the tree or the bird? Or perhaps for the Holy Eternal One.