“I am Pleased…”

When was the last time you experienced God’s pleasure? Yesterday I slipped outside to enjoy a few minutes of late afternoon solitude before dinner. I parked myself under the trees that shade our deck and opened the Ritual phone app I downloaded months ago but hadn’t yet explored. I was delighted to find a short … Continue reading “I am Pleased…”

No Need for Surrender

As a child in church I sang, “I surrender all ... all to Jesus, I surrender.” A current Hillsong chorus intones, “I surrender…”, giving God all of who we are and ever hope to be. It’s such familiar Christian-ese that it must be biblical. Right? I’ve been doing a lot of self-reflection lately, always informed … Continue reading No Need for Surrender

A Prayer for St. Patrick’s Day

Clover Heart Image by MLARANDA from Pixabay Christ be with meChrist before meChrist behind me Christ with me when I sleep and when I riseChrist with me when I work and when I playChrist surround me with love, grace, and goodnessChrist hold me close Christ with those who can’t sleep and with those who sufferChrist … Continue reading A Prayer for St. Patrick’s Day

Lent 2021: Explore Playful Practice

“...Lent is a speed bump in the church year, inviting us into reflection, confession, and prayer as we approach Holy Week and Easter, a time when we remember the profound costliness of God’s abundant love for us.” --Susan Phillips, PhD, Executive Director of New College Berkeley Image by Trevor M from Pixabay I love the … Continue reading Lent 2021: Explore Playful Practice

Christmas 2020: The Light of the World

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay Christmas – The Light of the World Say aloud together: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Light all the candles: We light these candles to celebrate Jesus, who comes into the … Continue reading Christmas 2020: The Light of the World

Advent 4: The Light of Joy

Photo by Jill Wellington from Pixabay Week 4 – The Light of JoyDecember 20-23 Say aloud together: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Light four candles: We light these candles to celebrate Jesus, who comes into the … Continue reading Advent 4: The Light of Joy

Advent 3: The Light of Glory

image by Pexels from Pixabay Week 3 – The Light of Glory December 13-19 Say aloud together: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Light three candles (two purple, one pink): We light these candles to celebrate Jesus, who … Continue reading Advent 3: The Light of Glory

Advent 2: The Light of Life

tree of life by Please Don't sell My Artwork AS IS from Pixabay Week 2 – The Light of LifeDecember 6-12 Say aloud together: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Light two candles (purple): We light these … Continue reading Advent 2: The Light of Life

Waiting: Advent 2020

The global experiences of this unusual year have changed the way we express ourselves. So much so that the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary couldn't choose just one Word of the Year for 2020. While pandemic and Coronavirus are obvious, look at others that rose to the top: Blursday (the blurry sameness of everyday); … Continue reading Waiting: Advent 2020

All Saints’ Day

Still trembling with fear, I grabbed Mom’s arm in wobbly desperation. “Do Not Ever let me ride that again!" I gasped. "Even when I’m a teenager and I come here with my friends, tell them I Am Not allowed to ride that ride!” My mom took me and my sister to Disneyland, an hour-and-a-half drive … Continue reading All Saints’ Day