Category Archives: Spiritual Formation

The Dead Tree Blooms

Last week a dead tree–a prop for one of the stations of the cross–started blooming in our sanctuary. Here’s the story: A team of artists from our congregation has been meeting for the past several months to pray about how … Continue reading

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The Gift of the Wilderness

I’m posting this by request. This is a journal entry I wrote a few months ago about God’s work in the wilderness, and I’ve included it in a couple of retreats lately. The wilderness is the place of solitude and … Continue reading

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Sunset, Sunrise

I just tried to call the very first phone number I ever memorized, and it has already been disconnected. Tomorrow my parents leave my childhood home in California to move to North Carolina. After almost 50 years in California, it’s … Continue reading

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A Parable

I was reading through one of my old journals this morning, marveling at everything I’ve forgotten about my life with God, when I came across an entry that particularly grabbed my attention. A friend had told me a parable: Two … Continue reading

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Averting My Eyes

I admit it. I avoided watching the news yesterday. I couldn’t handle the graphic images of the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan. I couldn’t bear to watch the terror unfold in real-time Twitter and Facebook updates. I couldn’t bear the … Continue reading

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A Controlled Burn

Twice a month I meet with a peer group of spiritual directors. Yesterday one of them shared an image that is just too good not to pass along. We were listening to one of the directors describe a recent session … Continue reading

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The Gift of Community

One of my deepest joys is hearing about readers who are connecting with one another to pursue spiritual formation together. Just yesterday I heard about a book club that has decided to form a sacred journey group in which they … Continue reading

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