FIXATING on the Crucifix

One hangs from my kitchen window.  Bought at the end of a disappointing day in Santa Fe in December, and crafted from red chili peppers, it is my most unique version, and reminds me that all things can be redeemed - even grumpy days. Another hangs on the wall by the front door.  Hammered from recycled tin drums by artists in Haiti, it demonstrates that beauty and hope can rise from … [Read more...]

“Messy: God Likes it That Way” Book Review

I'm a mom. In fact, I'm a mom of ten kids. Yes, ten. You might think a mom of ten kids would be naturally accepting, even if by default, of disorder and messiness. You might think so, but you'd be wrong. Although I can usually put up with a little mess for awhile, eventually a pile of legos, stray school books, or a growing pile of papers on my desk puts me over the top. And from that … [Read more...]

AVOIDING Palm Sunday Nostalgia

Sunday was Palm Sunday. I have many fond childhood memories of Palm Sunday processionals up and down the church aisles, waving palm branches and shouting "Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest!  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!" Maybe I've become cynical in my old age, but Palm Sunday doesn't hold the same nostalgic charm for me anymore.  Maybe it's the fact that Jesus' … [Read more...]

God…Out of the Box

God is the Ultimate Paradox and the embodiment of tension.  He is fully knowable, and yet beyond our comprehension.  We are designed by God to know and connect with Him. While our language may fail to describe or name God, our soul leaps, our mind is stirred and our spirit recognizes God's very presence and guidance. All of creation expresses God, but like a single piccolo attempting to … [Read more...]

Getting to Know God behind the Shower Curtain

Yesterday's post, "Talking to God behind the Shower Curtain," began a discussion of my early morning shower reflections.  In it I looked at the types of prayers we offer to God.... My reflections in the shower, however, went much further than just the types of prayers I pray.  I recognized and understood at a entirely new level four key attributes of God and His character - … [Read more...]