We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and God is shining through it all the time. — Thomas Merton

In a south-facing window in my studio I have hung a variety of glass beads, including a prism. On sunny days (like today) it throws rainbows around like some ecstatic painter. They stream across the ceiling like brightly colored comets. They bounce off the walls, and even sneak out the door to plant their clever … More We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and God is shining through it all the time. — Thomas Merton

I asked for wonder

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the most important religious thinkers of the 20th century, once wrote: “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. … More I asked for wonder

If I keep a green bough in my heart, will the singing bird always come?

There is a Chinese proverb that says, “If you keep a green bough in your heart, the singing bird will come.” It’s a lovely expression of hope and open-heartedness. But it’s one of those inspirational thoughts that sometimes evoke in me a slight “niggling” feeling. Something doesn’t sit quite right. Or, at least, it may not sit … More If I keep a green bough in my heart, will the singing bird always come?

Why did I name my shop “Sadie’s Bethel Beadery”? Or, do you have any idea how hard it is to come up with an original name for an Etsy shop?

When I was a pastor one of the most difficult and unrewarding parts of preaching was coming up with a sermon title. (So I stopped giving them titles. Problem solved.) When I was setting up my Etsy shop I must have tried out a dozen clever shop names — Beauty and the Beads, Art and … More Why did I name my shop “Sadie’s Bethel Beadery”? Or, do you have any idea how hard it is to come up with an original name for an Etsy shop?

“Beauty will save the world.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky

I’m of an age (65) where looking back over my life can take a while. So many years. So many different residences (8 states) and family configurations. And so many vocations: secretary, editor, college professor, experimental psychologist, writer, pastor, spiritual director, church bureaucrat…. Did I really do all those different things? And WHY? Was I just … More “Beauty will save the world.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky