How to Follow Your Heart: Part 2

Start with a cup of coffee.  Fast from coffee altogether. But pay attention, and let words mean something.  To pay requires cost. Be quiet.  Find the quiet in the noise.   If no quiet can be found, then sleep, and dream of it. Breathe.   Oxygen and its life are rarely overrated.   Holding breath …

How to Pray

The disciples wondered how to pray, and asked Jesus to teach them.  The gospel of Matthew records the version of Jesus' reply we know as The Lord's Prayer.   Simple, direct, covers all the bases; praise, petition, and ascribing appropriate glory.   Paul says plainly, "Pray continually" or more famously, "without ceasing."      And …

Ceasura

It's a pause in a line of verse or meter.   It implies, and most frequently, demands, a breath.  It's an between-moment, a brief stop in a journey. So I'm trying to catch the breath offering itself in this particular ceasura. 2010 holds new promise, new possibilities.  The season of full-time ministry is waning, though not …

Anybody Know How to Hear God?

Say there was a character who decided he was going to hear a definitive word from God or be damned trying.   He saunters along in the jazzy rain, barely noticing the rain noodling in through the holes in his jeans, too lost in an imminently practical and frustrating question: how to hear from God? He …

Newness of the Empty Nest

What I mean by that is that all endings are beginnings.  One era gives way to another, and I find myself in the familiar territory of deciding which of several potential paths to take.  The depth of the empty nest surprised me, and now I find myself smack in the middle of new possibilities.  Again, …