In a World of Unrest, a Rule of Life is a Sheltering and Sustaining Place

"A good rule of life is not a complicated how-to manual, but a sheltering and sustaining place." Margaret Guenther Our world is more stressful and uneasy in these last six months than we care to admit. Now, with layered tensions from Covid-19, being isolated from one another longer than anyone thought possible, racial injustices and protests, and the start of schools and welcome routines of fall being delayed again, we are wondering more than ever what is it we do?, who are we in this new cultural climate?, what does it look like to be a citizen of this pandemic Continue Reading

5 Reasons Now is the Time to Create a Rule of Life on Purpose

"The more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it has established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild."  G.K. ChestertonToday, I read Psalm 114 which means we have been sheltering in place for a little more than 114 days. Back when I began reading a Psalm a day, it was a pattern I planned to repeat every 150 days. But none of us had any idea that we would still be sheltering in place more than 114 days later with no definite end Continue Reading

5 Things I Learned this Spring

The art of reflection is like water thrown into a hot iron skillet. First you can see how hot the pan is. Then it cools things down and lifts what's sticking. These quarterly reflections are a way of picking up my life when it has cooled down a bit and looking at what I learned in the passing season. As we stand on the cusp of summer, I want to pause and look back at springtime when the world was beginning to melt and the first flowers were in the bud. creativity is a means to love.At a Renovaré Continue Reading

15 Quarantine Things: 5 things I miss, 5 things I do not miss, 5 things I'll keep

It has been approximately 63 days since we began our corona quarantine. I didn't need to count. I had a fairly good idea because yesterday I read Psalm 62. I began reading a Psalm a day right around Oregon's shelter in place order. I read Psalm 62 and scribbled it into my journal. He's solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul.I gulp deep breaths and let it out slowly. I wonder if my feet have been on the ground. Everything I've read or done lately has had a different texture, a ray of light coming through Continue Reading

Graduation: an end and a beginning

commence (kuh-mens): to initiate, launch, originate, open, arise I am sitting here in my pajamas on graduation day. My family did not fly in, the stage is silent, the auditorium seats are vacant, no hats tossed in the air. Even so, this week, I joined the Class of 2020. This has been a week to remember, I celebrated my 35th wedding anniversary, my 59th birthday, and my Covid19 graduation from Portland Seminary. On Sunday, we will celebrate Mother's Day. Whoever thought it was a good idea to put all of that into one week had lost her mind. You may Continue Reading