Winter grows into spring about as smoothly as children mature into adults, including a time of ragged adolescence when moods change from moment to moment. A few weeks ago it was prematurely spring, with record-breaking high temperatures here in Pittsburgh. The next week it was winter again. Magnolia blossoms clamped themselves back shut. Daffodils braved a … More Sometimes a light surprises
A friend recently passed along an article on suffering that said that “suffering is a gift,” and that suffering “pushes you toward Christ.” I must confess that I couldn’t get through the rest of the article. It seemed to me to be very bad theology. I really gag on the whole idea that there is … More Making Sense of Suffering
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 am a mediocre knitter, but yarn is comforting in the cold months of winter. I learned how to knit from my mother, who learned from her mother. Many, many years later someone pointed out to me that I was “doing it wrong.” I tried many times to change my technique, but always grew frustrated and went … More Learning to Unlearn, Daring to Rip Out
When I was in my twenties I married a man named Bill who was not a good match for me, nor I for him. After seven years of a progressively deteriorating marriage, we finally agreed to divorce. Having no children, we had no further contact. Twenty years later, on Saturday, 15 September 2001, the front … More Fauré, Fourteen Years Later
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
Most summers I have been able to spend a week or two at the beach — on Hatteras Island, NC, one of the most unspoiled stretches of Atlantic beach that still remains (thanks to the long stretches preserved as National Seashore). When I am there, I become a beachcomber. When I was a young child my keenest … More Combing the beach, combing life
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?
In my Beadery I mostly create earrings, like and these…. If you’d like to see more of my work go to my Facebook page and check out my shop on Etsy at Sadie’s Bethel Beadery.
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?