the door

By |2016-05-13T19:25:35+00:00May 1st, 2016|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

I was reminded of this poem leading our recent Evangelism and Witness consultation, some abbreviated words by Sam Shoemaker - The Door "I stand by the door. I neither go to far in, nor stay to far out. The door is the most important door in the world - It is the door through which men walk when they find God. There is no use my going way inside and staying there, When so many are still outside and they, as much as I, Crave to know where the door is. And all that so many ever find Is only [...]

first!

By |2014-11-04T11:27:54+00:00November 8th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, personal, theology|

"Father in heaven! You have loved us first, help us never to forget that You are love so that this sure conviction might triumph in our hearts over the seduction of the world, over the inquietude of the soul, over the anxiety for the future, over the fright of the past, over the distress of the moment. But grant also that this conviction might discipline our soul so that our heart might remain faithful and sincere in the love which we bear to all those whom You have commanded us to love as we love ourselves. You have loved us [...]

you

By |2014-09-17T12:21:54+00:00October 1st, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, writing|

"Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face. Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away. I don't know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to [...]

daily bread*

By |2014-04-14T13:48:40+00:00April 24th, 2014|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology, Uncategorized|

"There’s a restlessness in the soul of man Nobody’s tamed it yet You never fail to keep any promises But somehow we forget That you’re always right on time You feed us all with a silver spoon And like your foolish kids We start worrying about what we’re gonna do When the hunger comes again But you’re always right on time With an open hand You have exactly what I need Daily bread Daily bread You have the wisdom and the patience We need the grace to see it clear Too soon and we take it all for granted Too [...]

essential

By |2014-03-23T18:29:21+00:00March 17th, 2014|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, random|

"O God, let something essential happen to me, something more than interesting or entertaining, or thoughtful. O God, let something essential happen to me, something awesome, something real. Speak to my condition, Lord, and change me somewhere inside where it matters, a change that will burn and tremble and heal and explode me into tears or laughter or love that throbs or screams or keeps a terrible, cleansing silence and dares the dangerous deeds. Let something happen in me which is my real self, God…. O God, let something essential and joyful happen in me now, something like the blooming [...]

unbelief

By |2014-03-09T20:03:36+00:00March 8th, 2014|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology|

"God in heaven – guardian of my heart, my fingers are aching from my attempts to play the right notes. My feet are tired from walking a path for which my shoes do not always feel adequate. I’ve been busy examining my faith and wondering if it is big enough – but of course faith is not supposed to look at itself at all, but towards something else. Someone who is more than big enough, greater than all my uncertainty and weariness. You are my sustainer, you alone. I fix my eyes not on my fingers or my feet, not [...]

epiphany

By |2014-01-06T20:27:48+00:00January 6th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

by Walter Bruggemann "On Epiphany day, we are still the people walking. We are still people in the dark, and the darkness looms large around us, beset as we are by fear, anxiety, brutality, violence, loss — a dozen alienations that we cannot manage. We are — we could be — people of your light. So we pray for the light of your glorious presence as we wait for your appearing; we pray for the light of your wondrous grace as we exhaust our coping capacity; we pray for your gift of newness that will override our weariness; we pray [...]

light

By |2013-11-30T11:20:32+00:00December 8th, 2013|church life, discipleship, faith, theology|

"Longing for light, we wait in darkness. Longing for truth, we turn to you. Make us your own, your holy people, light for the world to see. Christ, be our light! Shine in our hearts. Shine through the darkness. Christ, be our light! Shine in your church gathered today. Longing for peace, our world is troubled. Longing for hope, many despair. Your word alone has power to save us. Make us your living voice. Christ, be our light... Longing for food, many are hungry. Longing for water, many still thirst. Make us your bread, broken for others, shared until all [...]

grace

By |2013-10-21T22:15:42+00:00October 22nd, 2013|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, Uncategorized|

I was chosen by God, Not because of any good thing I have done. I have a robe and a ring. I’m a son. Not because I deserved it. Or, had enough means to earn it. Or, could read enough books to confirm it From the beginning he’s been wooing me, Pursuing me, Winning me. Something’s brewing inside of me His grace was chasing And pace-making my dead heart He bought me. Sought me. Finally, caught me. It is finished. Accomplished mission I am not some strange breed of Christian. I am simply filled with gratitude, Expressing my love for [...]

dance

By |2013-08-02T21:29:51+00:00July 13th, 2013|coaching, discipleship, faith, personal|

Invisible Trails – by James A. Pearson Follow the invisible paths Walk upon the high places The sides of mountains The edges of planters along the road And when the trail gets too narrow to walk Keep your knees bent And your feet light And your eyes on what calls you And dance along its dangers

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