March 16

As I allow this day’s images to wash over me, especially when I begin with the 2014 one and scroll up toward 2020, it feels like a story being told.


“…here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)”

—e.e. cummings


“The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;…” —Gerard Manley Hopkins, God’s Grandeur

“God keeps creating things from the inside out.” —Richard Rohr

“…the World gradually caught fire for me, burst into flames; how this happened all during my life, and as a result of my whole life, until it formed a great luminous mass, lit from within, that surrounded me…. Christ. His Heart. A Fire: a fire with the power to penetrate all things—and which was now gradually spreading unchecked. —Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Heart of Matter


“In a world where bigotry and brutality could be around any corner, we need more foolish peacemakers: running to the spaces where violence strikes, hearing and honoring the stories that emerge, trusting that doors will be opened, feeling the pulse of the Spirit, going wherever She takes us next.” ~William Stell, Keep Watch with Me Lenten Reader


Curiosity about the origin of the word ‘attention’ led to this image. Of all that swirls, once in a while there is connection.


“In the wonder of your grace, this seed rises from the rocky ground of an empty tomb to offer new, abundant and lasting life.”~Bishop Bill Gafkjen, Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the ELCA


Bear witness.


Here are sermon notes from Living Word today. We’re in a Lenten series asking the tough questions of Lent. Today’s was “How do we betray?” I have counted on and will continue to count on this promise, “Love finds us when we stray.”

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