Upside Down & Rightside Up Among the Clouds

Three o’clock in the morning a rather strange time to receive gifts one might think.  I could hear from a distance, still in my dream world the rumble and vibration of a train. A train wasn’t previously part of my dream and it felt like it was waaay too close. As I came to awareness…

The Fabric of Our Shared Histories

Driving across Kansas is always an exercise in both endurance and a willingness to see beauty where most simply see miles of flatlands to endure until the first view of the mountains of Colorado.  I love coming out to see my family during wheat harvest season.  We are still about 10 days away from firing…

The Will-Full and the Woe-Full

I sometimes wonder if we really believe one human life is worth more than another.  Do we work hard to find reasons to evaluate certain persons or populations or groups as “not right” with God, with our political views, with our perspectives and opinions on civility and humanity?  Another act of dramatic violence, 49 victims…

I sorta get dogs…

So a cat moved into my life 3 weeks ago.  He came as a surprise.  I was not particularly looking for a cat, but I sense that he or someone else knew that.  The minute he walked in my house, he claimed it.  He walked in with no small amount of self-confidence, sat down, and…

Those Deep and Sacred Moments

A couple of weeks ago in worship we pondered where Tarshish, to which Jonah attempted to flee from God’s call, was for each of us.  I suggested that at one time for my bicycle, Ruth Ann, and I, it was a lake north of Minneapolis in Minnesota.  And just as that trip reminded me what…

Just a Minute of Grace

Welcome to today and a minute of Grace!  We walk through life sometimes together, sometimes alone, and always in the presence of the Holy, the one I call God.  In that presence there is meaning in struggle and celebration, in the most ordinary as well as the extraordinary, in beauty and truth and ugliness and…