white space grows community

Today is the very last day of October and so our last day of the Write31Day challenge. It has been adventurous and challenging for me. I had so much to learn and the daily discipline was good for my soul and my writing. I never wanted to miss a single day! Thank you for coming along to explore white space {create space for soul keeping}. I don’t know if you realize it, but we did this together, reader and writer. I was writing to you every time I put pen to paper or my finger struck a key. I Continue Reading

white space holds the story

Worrying causes us to be all over the place, but seldom home. Henri Nouwen, Making All Things New When we get quiet and still and alone with the Holy, we should hear gospel. That is, the gospel story that God loves us and bent down to reach us in Jesus. We each matter to Him and to this world. He knows us heart and soul. He sees our circumstances, our losses and our fears. “So—who is like me? Who holds a candle to me?” says The Holy. Look at the night skies: Who do you think made all this? Continue Reading

white space surprises

The Holy Wild describes life with God as He is. The Holy Wild is what life, drunk to the lees, lived to the hilt, is like- life where we walk with the God who is surprising, dangerous, mysterious, alongside us though we fail to recognize him, then disappearing the minute we do. Mark Buchanan, The Holy Wild I have been to the Seattle Space Needle many times, looked at it from all over the city. But about a year ago I visited the Chihuly Glass Museum nestled at its base for the first time. I took this photo looking up Continue Reading

white space gives

There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. Proverbs 11:24 Oh, I hope during our month together carving white space out of a busy life to get in touch with our souls, that we have not fallen into one short-sighted mistake; only grabbing time for ourselves. Remember one of the things that white space is not is selfish. It can seem like that at first, while we are clearing the decks and saying our no’s. Remember we are subtracting the obvious. We will Continue Reading

white space keeps a sabbath heart 2

There are six days to do what you ought. Six days to be caught in the web of economic and political and social necessity. And then one day to take wing. Mark Buchanan, The Rest of God I still have not truly figured out Sabbath keeping. Maybe that is as it should be, always working it out, never quite finished; always on my mind, never quite grasped; reaching for my soul, making it a sanctuary, always discovering new terrain. With Mike as a physician, working was often part and parcel of middle of the nights and weekends. Life and death Continue Reading