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“It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying […]

solid hope

A Force of Will, by Mike Stavlund is 5 star stuff. This title is not for the faint hearted. This is robust and challenging stuff. It’s the material of parental and faith nightmares. Stavlund has crafted a beautifully written memoir about the loss of his infant son.  Searing honesty is mixed with emotions and questions about faith emerging from […]

faith, hope and love

I keep being brought back to some of the central elements of the faith, again and again………this time from Reinhold Niebuhr. “Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime: therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of […]

memory awakens hope

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, from Seek That Which Is Above. “Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it […]

today’s collect

….on a day that was less than usual…. with pain, sadness, loss and tears………. we hold fast and look up. Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us your gift of faith that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to that which is before, we may run the way of your commandments and win the […]

always hope….

Donald Sutherland, as President Snow, tells his head gamemaker in Hunger Games, that ‘Hope…is the only thing stronger than fear…A little hope is effective; a lot of hope is dangerous.’ Love it!

Lenten changes….

this is a great place to start with some Lenten reflection, or perhaps these great Lent resources! so what are you thinking of this Lent…..? or are you like some of my purist-Calvinist friends, who live like its lent everyday!!? whats it gonna mean these 45-days before Easter……? something new, not something barred…..something affirmative, not just something […]

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