RCL Advent I: Keep Awake!? You’re kidding, right?

Keep Awake!???  There it is in Mark’s Gospel reading for Advent I—”Keep awake.” (Mark 13:24-37) Hmmm. I don’t actually know anyone who is getting a good night’s sleep. Do you? Between the pandemic and it’s ancillary product line of economic, social, political, and religious turmoil, the people I know want more strategies for getting asleep… Read More

Monday Prayer

Thank you, God, for the way my cat stretches out long beside me on the bed, showing me his perfect white soft tummy—but won’t let me touch it. Sometimes it’s like that between you and me. I feel safe, accepted, and resting alongside you. I luxuriate in the certainty of your love, and stretch out… Read More

Monday Prayer

Dear God, I have some catching up to do with you. There are things chasing me down. Things from years ago when I thought setting them aside meant they could be left behind. They are not. And now, years later, I feel them even more–mistakes I can’t undo, my wrong words echoing still, what I… Read More

Daily Prayer

Monday’s Prayer posted Sunday evening as I’ll be driving from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to Calgary, Alberta on Monday. With you, Diane. Neither slumbering nor sleeping God, I opened my eyes to another day and for a moment it was sweet–just you and me and a morning miracle. Then I froze. And remembered. I don’t begin… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Respect As Spiritual Practice

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20    Philippians 3:4b-14    Matthew 21:33-46 Is respect becoming an old-fashioned idea we remember only when we miss it? Today’s readings left me thinking a lot about respect. Wonder along with me about wanting respect, offering it, changing the criteria for it, and losing it. What did you think respect was and… Read More