Travel

When we walk in faith, each breath is a prayer

Posted by admin on November 2, 2017 at 11:54 am

One step at a time, one day at a time, one breath and one prayer at a time. We keep walking and moving, even when the view in front of us is steep and rugged, when the view behind us reminds us of where we have been. We keep walking, even when we are reminded how much easier this was when we were younger and healthier. We keep moving because it’s much better than standing still and doing nothing. We climb because we’ve been promised something good at the top.

On the Road: San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico

Posted by admin on August 28, 2015 at 8:18 am

Before even leaving for our trip to New Mexico, I knew one of our stops would be the majestic and oft-photographed San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church just outside of Taos.

Today’s Word: Vestige

Posted by admin on September 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm

I still groan in wonder when I think of the view from the top of Grandfather Mountain or the early morning veiled hay field that snatched my breath away. It was the view, yes, but it was really the glimpse that got me.

Today’s Word: Bee-loud

Posted by admin on August 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

So often we don’t act because we don’t think we make a difference, as if one voice doesn’t matter, as if the buzz that comes off of our lives is insignificant. But that mindset negates the power of community — of people who put their heads down and work and get the job done, of singers who lift one voice and form a chorus, of worshippers who gather around a common table and form one body in Christ. That’s the buzz of our lives, the bee-loud glade of our existence.

Today’s Word: Landscape

Posted by admin on August 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm

This larger world around me is so big that I cannot take it all in, cannot begin to fathom the Creator and the extent of the creation. And yet I know it to be true, feel it to be truth at the center of my being. I need this landscape like I need the air that I breathe, like I need sacred scripture and the community of others and the bread and wine offered on the table of thanksgiving.

Today’s Word: Shaped

Posted by admin on March 15, 2014 at 1:49 pm

We are shaped through no effort of our own for, despite what pop psychology might want to teach us, we cannot change our true, inner selves. We can play with our exterior, surface selves that the world judges to be “us,” but only the gentle, unrelenting will and grace of God can shape and change our true, inner selves.

Today’s Word: Erosion

Posted by admin on November 20, 2013 at 2:42 pm

For what once was just water and rocks — the stuff of life — has become evidence of a love that extends beyond time and knows no boundaries. A love and grace wider than the Grand Canyon. For from the erosion of self comes the bounty of God and the newness of a new kind of life.

Today’s Word: Restoration

Posted by admin on November 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm

We can walk the paths of our lives and feel like the remains of someone else’s life, not realizing that we are actually choice spots of radiant beauty, vantage points from which others might someday be able to pass en route to glimpsing the glory of God just beyond us.

Today’s Word: Perspective

Posted by admin on November 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Like taking a walk on a serpentine path on which you cannot see the way ahead or know for sure where it ends, our lives of prayer immerse us in the mystery of God and reveal aspects of the divine that we cannot fathom from the place we began.

Seeing a Clear Reflection of Ourselves

Posted by admin on October 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

It takes stillness to get a true reflection, just as a camera must be held perfectly still to capture a clear image. And stillness, like quiet and like solitude, is harder and harder to find in our busy lives.