Over the years, I’ve learned how to talk like a pastor. However, it never feels like my native tongue. When I’m gathered with other pastors, I am acutely aware of the language barrier that separates us. They are a flock of unrelentingly cheerful sheep; I am an introspective goat, prone... [more]
Our Collective Journal
"I have often felt a motion of love to leave some hints in writing
of my experience of the goodness of God."
When has God made you laugh?
Angel Vahoohoo © Melanie Weidner, listenforjoy.com
Yet once again I’m sitting in the back of the meetinghouse, feeling sorry for myself, wishing not so much to get back my lost theology as wishing there was something to fill the void of that loss. Hearing everyone else happily singing the songs that once spoke of my faith,... [more]
I’ve always been attuned to the natural world, particularly birds, so, not surprisingly, God often communicates with me through birds and nature. I learned long ago that when nature behaves in unnatural ways, I’m to pay attention: God is speaking and wants me to listen.
One day I had a strong... [more]
Our visit to Palestine was ending and we were in a small town not far from the Ben Gurion airport. The town was named Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam, Hebrew and Arabic meaning “Oasis of Peace.” Neve Shalom ~ Wahat al-Salam is no ordinary village, rather it is an intentional... [more]
Really? Is it really You, at last?
That's not the right response. You're supposed to say, "God who?"
Oh. Sorry. God who?
Let's take it from the top; works better that way.
Wait; last time you said "God."
Can't you follow simple instructions?
Sure, but you said...
Never mind; let's begin again.
In my experience, following God’s plans usually involves taking many small steps whose consequences are hard to see at the time; only looking back can I see the path God has been laying out, and my reaction is usually a smile or tears, not laughter. For laughter, there must be... [more]