100 Things I Know #3 – Sacrifice (Somehow) Is At The Heart of Love

  Love is the pursuit of the highest good of and for the other. (It was Thomas Merton’s work that first gave me these words.) This must necessarily come into conflict with our own desires and pursuits.   The needs and desires of the other must, at some point, trump our own needs and desires.   The …

100 Things I Know #14 – You and I Have A “Ness”

I mean –ness as in “a suffix denoting a state or condition. An instance of this.”     Darkness.   Likeness.   Kindness.   Lightness.   Flower-ness. Jeff-ness.   You-ness.  The particular quality of a thing or person. This is my way of saying each of us has been crafted uniquely.   Our particular mixture of DNA, circumstance and environment, cultural expression, personality …

Listening to God

Read the post first, then click the image and listen to the song.   It will make more sense... Listening to God is a strange idea. Seven billion people on the planet, all of them living and dying with needs, cries, joys, dances, and wars full of cruelties worthy of front page banner headlines.   We …

Sleep

Someone asked me yesterday just how big this "puzzle" I keep referring to is.   First step, coffee, then working out.    Frankly, it’s a big puzzle, a thousand pieces maybe, and maybe I don’t know what the picture is I’m trying to put together. But it has something to do with wholeness, with well being, …

Conversations

I love roaming conversations about real things, deep life, and the questions that linger in the hidden places.   When friends, new and old, offer up their treasured thoughts in a conversation, listening becomes an artful experience, punctuated by moments of shared understanding, common sighs, and inspiration. It’s been a week of multiple conversations like this …

When The Body Speaks, Listening Might Be A Good Idea

Physically speaking, the past year has been strange. In April of 2014, I came back from my week of teaching in Hawaii and promptly got sick, something in my stomach that wrecked my system for a good month. (I won’t blame it on a visit to The Poke Shack in Kona right before we left, …

New Seasons, Letting Go, and Coffee

New beginnings are full of promise, but I’ve had enough of them to know that a promising feeling is a guarantor of nothing. It’s a new season in my life, one whose boundaries have something to do with a self-imposed sabbatical from church life, a brief stint of anti-depressants, a sickness in the middle of …