Thursday, March 04, 2004
ok, it has been FOREVER since i have posted on this site.
i don't think anyone even reads it anymore...
but in honor of lent, i have decided to begin again and actually
do what i talk about...
attempt to find god in the ordinary of life.
attempt to find a thin place in our amazingly busy, bustling 21st century, western culture.
can it be done?
well, i know one thing, we have a powerful creator who longs to be with us if we'd just take the time to
be with him.
and i believe that god is big enough to show me how!
so here is to a new era of thin place!
i'll get some comments put in too so we might chat a bit about what thin places you're finding or have found
along your journey.
peace and good sleep. more soon!
Saturday, December 27, 2003
seeing a winter sunset through the naked tree branches...the stark darkness againt the purples and blues...
the fading light of winter going down behind the hills...
the crunch of snow...the winter grass thick with frost...the crisp wind
all reminding me it is never to late to rejoice
in the beauty of his world...thankful that i am able to see it
thankful that i am able to feel it.
thankful that i am loves me.
Saturday, December 13, 2003
what if we could carry a "thin place" wherever we go...
so we could connect with jesus even in the midst of our daily grind...
in the midst of waiting in line...in a traffic jam...in class, wherever!
what would you carry around with you to remind you to connect with jesus?
what symbol or object? or would it be prayer bead?
found a great palm cross at greenbelt's prayer room this summer.
you actually grip the cross and it is made to fit your grip..
hard to explain, but a powerful, tactile prayer tool.
just thinking, pondering about this in the midst of the craziness of the holidays..more soon.
Friday, December 05, 2003
creating a thin place as an opportunity for advent....
took the group publishing jesus in a can and re wrote the narration
tweaked the stations and am in the process of re recording the
cd...with back ground christmas music...
we used the christmas music last year with a print out of the narration
too much of a hassle to carry a cd player and the paper...
hopefully we will have the narration done by next wed when we are scheduled to
wed-fri 6-9pm christ church glendale cincinnati oh 4546
Tuesday, November 25, 2003
"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."
--The Problem of Pain
"[Pain] removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul."
--The Problem of Pain
found these two quotes by c s lewis and was thinking of a conversation i had with beth this weekend.
she feels like grief is a thin place. when all your defenses are down and you are open to jesus in a powerful, vulnerable way...where jesus has an opportunity to break through the veil, to break through the thick walls we have built around our hearts and he allows us to actually feel ...to feel the hurt and the loss, the pain of the grief, but also to feel his presence, and to feel his love in a very tangible, intimate way.
hoping to find some thin time with God this weekend...
enjoyed the thin time in the prayer room at ys this past weekend...
"be still and know that he is god"
Monday, November 10, 2003
quote for the day...
"healing is waking up to your own life.
no matter what your life look likes, it's yours and it's all you've got!
healing is making a decision to care for it." kathryn robyn
haven't blogged here in way too long...sorry...
sadly it hasn't been a very "thin" fall...keeping up with doctor visits for hudson and work stuff
has kept me running instead of resting!
thankfully hudson made it back to school today! yeah!
got a great email from mindie in maryland ...she has a new website on thin places ...great photos
on some wonderful sacred spaces in the uk and ireland...check out thinplaces.net.
finally got some stuff out at our house to remind us of our time in lindesfarne....we now have a framed photo of st aidan's statue and aidan's cross finally made it in the box from sheffield...thanks to neill and lorna!
ready to order prints from the national gallery and the great one from ireland of the last supper with women and children...
would love to frame it for over the mantle...
just writing this makes me realize how much i need to get outside...get to water, space, vistas...maybe if the weather holds i can atleast get to the park this week...if not procter conf. center.
Wednesday, October 29, 2003
If we are the witness to Christ in today's market places, where there are constant demands on our whole person, we need SILENCE. If we are to be always available, not only physically, but by empathy, sympathy, friendship, understanding ....we need SILENCE.
To be able to give joyous, unflagging hospitality, not only of house and food, but of mind, heart, body and soul, we need SILENCE. Catherine de Hueck Doherty(1896-1985)
We need SILENCE so desperately...then why is it so noisy...so loud...so full of sounds that clog our ears with nonsense?...every jingle, every slogan, every horn and siren screaming in the street...erasing the still small voice of God...we keep expecting Him to yell in the thunder when he would much rather whisper in the wind....
that we would...that i would listen to his whisper in the wind today and every day...that still small voice that longs for me to be still and know that he is God and that i am fully and completely loved.