Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Through the Curtain


Jonquils this morning in a neighbor's yard.
The tabernacle was separated from the rest of the Jewish Temple by a curtain.  Animal sacrifice was offered for the people by the high priest year after year.  The author of the Letter to the Hebrews says that the dying and rising of Jesus is a "once and for all" sacrifice.  His "flesh" is the "living opening through the curtain" (10:20) that enables us to pass from our world into the Other World.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Peace


The serenity that Jesus offers
is not freedom from the storm,
but peace amid the storm.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Who Knew!


On this morning's walk I heard a rustling of something like leaves.  After looking around a bit, I saw a crow chasing some little critter (a chipmunk? a mouse?) down through a tree (not this loving blossoming apple.)  Finally the critter got to the ground and raced away.  I had not known that crows would pursue live meat.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Growing in Christ


Instead of worrying about rules we do better to focus on Christ growing within us, sharing with us his life and goodness.  "If you have really died with Christ to the principles of this world, why do you still let rules dictate to you as if you were still living in this world?  'Do not pick up this.  Do not eat that.  Do not touch the other.'" (Colossians 2:20-21)  We have a  new life with the Risen Christ within us.  Any goodness we have comes from him. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Precious Bequest


View Tuesday from Town Hill overlook on old Route 40.
Peace is Jesus' farewell gift to his disciples and to us.  It involves contentment and a deep sense of well being that flows from God's powerful, caring presence within us.  It is what I often experience when I stand and gaze at a view like this.  In Hebrew "Shalom."  In Costa Rica "Pura Vida." In Hawaii "Aloha."  We say "God be with you" (Goodbye.)



Sunday, April 24, 2016

Holy Laughing


Time spent laughing is  time spent with the gods.  
--Japanese Proverb

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ready


"The soul should always stand ajar,
  ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
      -- Emily Dickinson