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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.


Keep Christianity Weird

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither enslaved nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. - Galatians 3:28 (NIV)


Coveting Calm

How does Jesus calm us in severe storms? By giving us neighbors. By making us environmentalists. By showing us courage in people who come through the big blows.