Three Ways to Pause and REJOICE!

Tomorrow is the third Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of joy. All of the assigned readings for the day reflect that spirit, that ineffable whatever-it-is, that deep-down sense that all is right with the world, even when things may not be objectively right in any way. I can’t think of a better Sunday to take […]

Love Ordains

I preached a sermon on discovery, dreams, and love. Then I pronounced them man and wife in the lush green grounds of Belle Villa Resort, Thailand, beneath the warm setting sun, before they made their grand surprise exit atop an elephant, whose tail swished against the bride’s flowing train. I’m not an ordained minister, but […]

Who is Holding the Pen?

My high school boyfriend didn’t think I was funny. That is what he told me anyway, that I should leave the jokes to him because he was better at them. I dated this guy for more than two years (an eternity in high school boyfriend years) and for the most part it was a positive experience. We were […]

When Love Came Down

I know I don’t speak for everyone, but I also know I am not alone. Although often rich in joy and beauty, this year has been rife with struggle and pain, heartache and longing, heaving and sorrow. And despite my measured attempts to catch the glory stream that daily pours over and around and down […]

She Talks to Angels

They alight with the alacrity of a spring morning. Noisy chirps and flutterings abound. Winged bodies bounce from perch to perch, finding place. It’s dismal outside, but even these Cimmerian days can’t rain on their parade, that much is clear. Clawed feet pick and scratch at the earth. Beaks open and close while their tiny […]