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The Leaf

Does the leaf know the changing seasons, the looming changes, the shifting light? Does it welcome the transformation? Do we notice and have the courage to welcome change?


Always Dealing with God

In crisis, we might be tempted to blame or belittle God. But Eugene Peterson suggests that current events call us to 'immediate awareness that … we are always dealing with God.'


A Serious Question for a Horrible Day

On this day, of all days, we repent of our divisive ways, we commit to cooperate instead of conspire, and we find our security in the God of Many Names and No Borders.


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.