Leafworks (a poem)

Like the bound bud in the almost bloomed magnolia, there is life ready to burst, tight secrets on the God side buried within these cool, bright days. I'm waiting, watching, counting the sleeps until a quiet wonder world awakes. Amazed, I waltz between the longest watch from each dormant doorway, through the chill and darkened mornings [...]

How to Lent-Spiritual Practice for the Rest of Us

The city of New Orleans has a singular reputation for “laissez les bon temps rouler” (“let the good times roll”) no matter what time of year. During Mardi Gras, though, the celebrations take on an over-the-top frenzy that is hard to match. It is also somewhat hard to believe unless one is actually there in [...]

Merry Christmas, Dear Readers

It seems very fitting that Christmas Eve should be on a Sunday, when we gather for worship, wherever that is. A morning to set our hearts right in a posture of worship and thankfulness is a good way to ease into the gift giving and receiving activities before us, whether we gather tonight or tomorrow [...]

Less Can Really Be More This Season

Have you ever had to move house during the Christmas season? How much fun is that, eh? Several years ago our family participated in the journey to a new land during the holidays and I discovered something. It’s impossible to celebrate a “normal” Christmas when your living room is crowded with moving boxes. That wasn’t [...]

Things I’m Not Good At (or Why I Decorate With Books)

                       "So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body,  6 let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something [...]