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Questions and Answers

“How am I going to do this?” is a very good question. May the answer be “never alone.”


Lord of the Sabbath

I have loved rules. Many times, I have stood in fields of abundance but have noticed only rule infractions. But among Christ’s many names, none of them is The Lord of the Rules.


Refugee

Many of us have been thinking and talking about refugees. And many of us who think and talk about refugees have options for staying safe. May those without options find mercy.


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.