Grief & Lament

My friend, Stan Friedman, the editor for our church denomination’s new-service joking has called himself over the last week, “The Apocalyptic Reporter!” It does seems like there is a lot of tragedy and heartbreaking news these days. One of my adult aha’s is coming to learn more about lament and grief. I still am not good at it but I’m probably less troubled by it than in my earlier years. I still hate pain and confronting my shortcomings–or the…

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Hiking Is a Bit Like Life

“Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit” Unknown  Photos are from my most recent journey into the woods with several of my RezBro friends on the Lakeshore Trail adjacent to Lake Chelan.

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Praying Green Lake

A great place to pray, think, settle my heart, listen, connect with God. “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.” Psalm 62:5. Henri Nouwen writes: “Few of us can fully appreciate the terrible conspiracy of noise there is about us, noise that denies us the silence and solitude we need for this cultivation of the inner garden. It would not be hard to believe that the archenemy of God has conspired to…

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Each Small Candle Lights a Corner of the Dark

Lyrics by Roger Waters from his LP “In The Flesh” Not the torturer will scare me Nor the body’s final fall Nor the barrels of death’s rifles Nor the shadows on the wall Nor the night when to the ground The last dim star of pain, is hurled But the blind indifference Of a merciless, unfeeling world Lying in the burnt out shell Of some Albanian farm An old Babushka Holds a crying baby in her arms A soldier…

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The Vision for this Year’s Worldly Holiness Calendar

Here’s what others are saying: “Andrew’s 2015 Worldly Holiness calendar connects you to reconciliation, justice, storytelling, and Israeli/Palestinian peace. 12 months of stunning beauty and assertive hope.” ————————————————————————————- Here are the photos and where to purchase the calendar: http://worldlyholiness.com/introducing-my-2015-worldly-holiness-calendar/ ————————————————————————————- The vision for this year’s calendar: “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” John MuirThe pictures and thoughts in this calendar…

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