My Seen Creed

Today is the thirty-fifth day of Lent. I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only something of God, I have no idea of the Father, something from something, I don’t know from I…

Two things

Today is the twenty-sixth day of Lent. If you are part of a religion or spiritual tradition with a bible, scriptures, traditions, steps, or any sort of received wisdom, you should embrace your tradition’s teachings with humility. And you should be encouraged to take any two doctrines and throw them out. You get two. Any…

Time travel

Today is the fifteenth day of Lent. This year my Lenten journey is to be mindful of my life every day. It’s hard to explain what that means, but I know the meaning of it. This weekend Jeanene and I are taking the three sisters on a journey back in time. We go backwards in…

Artisan Dream

Today is the eleventh day of Lent. It would need to be metal, this thing that I would be an expert at repairing. And completely mechanical. There would be a power source and then one piece moving another piece until the work was done.┬áIf you broke it down to its component parts you’d have screws,…

I have a problem

Today is the 8th day of Lent. Over the last year I’ve become aware of a problem that I have. It’s my problem. It originates within me. It has no connection to any external reality that would indicate blame or responsibility for any person or organization outside of myself. Not only do I acknowledge that…

How can you?

Today is the 7th day of Lent. How can you comprehend another culture when you are UNCONSCIOUS of your own? How can you understand others when you have NEVER tried to understand yourself? How can you know the HEART of God when you do not know your own heart?

A life of service

Today is the fifth day of Lent. The following is an account of a dream I had on Saturday night, March 8th. It was the night before my first sermon in four years. Any comment is welcome as usual, but I’d like to suggest that the best response to a dream is to listen to…

Our ancient foe

Today is the third day of Lent. In the religious world of my upbringing, Satan was understood to be a real being. If you could get coordinates and had the ability to travel through space and across unknown realities, you could find Satan. Not that anyone would want to try. When I went off to…

All these mindful things

Today is the second day of Lent. I sat alone a few rows from the front last night at Saint Francis with ashes on my forehead, still uncertain of what this year’s lenten discipline would be. Then a phrase came to me. “Be mindful.” Mindfulness is something that has been missing from my life. I…