March 14

A year ago in 2020, this was the morning for me that the pandemic became real. At the Grünewald Guild we were living into the first day of not having a retreat group we had planned to host. The night before, with uncertainty ahead, I had gone to sleep with a tearful prayer of “I don’t know what to do.” A 3am wake-up call with a few marching orders and a sense of “You know how to do this” got the ball rolling. And now, looking back on this day over the years, there seems to be a sense of preparation.


“Praise crazy. Praise sad.
Praise the path on which we’re led.”
–an excerpt from Joy Harjo’s “Praise the Rain”

I’m being led to facilitate another online journaling group (it’s been a while!) and I’m circling back to one of my very favorite books, “Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God” by Cynthia Bourgeault.
We’ll begin the week of March 22. That gives us a week to register and get our supplies in place.
I’m limiting the group size to 12, so if there happens to be more interest, I’m happy to open up another session. In fact, if you’re interested and Fridays don’t work for you, please leave a comment with a time that would. My schedule is pretty flexible for the next month.

Hope you’ll join me online! Feel free to share this invitation with someone who might benefit from a creative immersion in Mystical Hope.


“Focus on trust. When you trust that we are all part of something beautiful beyond our wildest imagination, you will find healing.” —Fr. Thomas Keating

Trust is heart-and-soul food.
holy connections
mac and cheese, piano keys
soulful harmony


“Our communal peacemaking requires that we put legs to prayers.” ~Keith Caldwell, Keep Watch with Me Lenten Reader


“[T]he child whose gaze is met learns that the world is real.” ~Mary Oliver, Upstream

Sitting and creating with Mary’s words, pondering what it means to be “loved into being.”


“May we fervently pray for life-giving water, finding ways – as God’s hands and feet in the word – to manage our most precious resource well so that all may have access to the water that God, in God’s gracious abundance, has provided.” ~Stacy Martin, Lutheran Services, FL

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