I, who live by words, am wordless when I try my words in prayer. All language turns To silence. Prayer will take my words and then Reveal their emptiness. The stilled voice learns To hold its peace, to listen with the heart To silence that is joy, is adoration. The self is shattered, all wordsContinue reading “Word”

The Unqualified Yes

“In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do his work, to bear his glory. If we are qualified, we tend to think that we have done the job ourselves. If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification,Continue reading “The Unqualified Yes”

Art & Faith

As this advent series nears its destination, I leave you with this remarkable excerpt by Madeleine L’Engle (from Winter Song) alongside Robert Graham’s extraordinary bronze sculpture of the Virgin Mary from the grand entrance to Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. Whether you are an artist, a person of faith, orContinue reading “Art & Faith”

Believer and wanderer

Two Advent offerings for today. First, a poem by Madeleine L’Engle: THE GLORY Without any rhyme Without any reason my heart lifts to light in this bleak season Believer and wanderer caught by salvation stumbler and blunderer into Creation In this cold blight where marrow is frozen it is God’s time my heart has chosenContinue reading “Believer and wanderer”

Widen my imagination

Last night I attended the first Advent service of the season. It was to feature my favorite liturgy, the Holden Village Evening Prayer service created by Marty Haugen. My daughter and I braved 60 mile-an-hour winds as we entered the sanctuary. The lights went out twice in short bursts as we settled in, finally zappingContinue reading “Widen my imagination”