May 4

Images from this day invite us to receive the profoundly simple gift of being, and in doing so, experience the sweet fragrance of presence. What deep joy must reverberate through the imaginal realm when we notice and turn toward home.


“Too often I decide what my life should be and whether / there is room in it for You while You sit in a deeper / place within me, wondering what it will take for me to / make more of all the things in my life — the good and / the bad — and so learn to break through to find You in all that is and let You / take form in me in all that / I was and am and will be.”

-Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart by Jon M. Sweeney & Mark S. Burrows, p. 17


Mirabai Starr begins each chapter in her book “Wild Mercy” with a haiku. Here’s the one for the chapter called “Turning Inward”:

Enter the garden
Where walls melt and trees blossom
Vibrant quietude

And my response:

My inner garden
Creative sanctuary
A harvest of soul


The earth is full, full of Your goodness…

What is seen in an artist’s work is a pale reflection of a search for truth, an echo of the song of the world. ~David Ulrich

Although I am not the earth, I am not other than the earth either. All things are unexplainably, invincibly one in endless diversity forever. ~Richard Rohr


For me, creating images requires unleashing the power of imagination. I LOVE a challenging concept… it is deep, deep prayer.

This first set of images, for the TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod Assembly in 2016, was about Jesus redefining center at the edges. Isn’t that just like Jesus? I remember pondering that quite a bit before a friend inspired one way to see edges at the center.

This second set of images, for the ELCA Global Mission’s Latin American Consultation in 2016, was about interculturality and reconciliation in Christ. I have to confess that “interculturality” echoed huh? in my soul… grateful for basketweave, doves and a circle of water showing me where to start.


a Community in-Spirited ~ catalyzed by breath and fire …

A little early reflection on Pentecost happened this morning.


Notes from tonight’s talk at Living Word Lutheran Church given by President Golike of the Lutheran Church in Central African Republic… Although he did not speak on this passage, his life gives witness to Hebrews 6:19, “We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.”


“Seven Years of Wonder” is a daily look back at my creative journaling posts since 2014. I began this journey on Feb. 11, 2021, and hope to continue through Feb. 10, 2022. What am I learning about my art and faith journey thus far? What has remained constant? Where have I been changed? How is this impacting present and future art-making?

A deep bow of gratitude to you for keeping me company on this journey.

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