I think God uses rhubarb to tell me ‘you’re on the right track’

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:62 ended the selection from Common Prayer on the date we arrived back from a trip to our Wisconsin hometown That.) Standing in the same church we left about a year-and-a-half ago to Read more about I think God uses rhubarb to tell me ‘you’re on the right track’[…]

Wrapping my head around simplicity

Simplicity — On New Year’s Day, as we promised each other, my husband and I, that we felt a rising manifesto, a palpable energy toward building community on simplicity, faith and hospitality; even then, more so now, as I see these fruits, I’m grateful. A life with room to say yes to projects, a life with Read more about Wrapping my head around simplicity[…]

Then you could really enjoy life …

An excerpt from today’s Common Prayer: Indian priest Anthony de Mello told this story: “A rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find a Southern fisherman lying leisurely beside his boat. ‘Why aren’t you fishing?’ asked the industrialist. “ ‘Because I have caught enough fish for the day,’ said the fisherman. “ ‘Why don’t you catch Read more about Then you could really enjoy life …[…]

Tending the garden for something good to take root

Garlic mustard. It’s a plant, and it’s no good. Invasive, actually: chokes out all the good flowers; trillium and spring beauties. “Bag as trash,” a sign at our park says. On our walks, we pull and we trash it, but it’s pretty impossible for three kids with varying attention spans and one adult to compete. Everywhere I look now, Read more about Tending the garden for something good to take root[…]

As I make an about-turn, I find the wind at my back

We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and Read more about As I make an about-turn, I find the wind at my back[…]

Making room for God knows what

“I start every meeting with questions,” my Michigan pastor said a few weeks ago, when we met to talk about this new role of mine. His questions are sometimes about John Wesley’s “three simple rules” — how are you doing with doing good, doing no harm, and staying in love with God? Other times he asks what the other’s celebrating. That’s a Read more about Making room for God knows what[…]

Chasing joy through a woods, even while being chased by a frog

“I think I can understand that feeling about a housewife’s work being like that of Sisyphus (who was the stone rolling gentleman). But it is surely in reality the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, miners, cars, government etc exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in Read more about Chasing joy through a woods, even while being chased by a frog[…]