Inside, Outside

Where we spend our time, inside, outside. Literally, and figuratively. In the world, in our heads.

Who are we outside? Inside? The same, or different…?

These questions churn through my noggin most days, challenge me, inspire me, forward, the stop!

Then forward again. Striving to understand, live the truth, each day, nudge, speed, forward.

Inside, and outside,

Ever forward. Ever forward.

Listen, Lean-In, Love

Listen to the voices you trust, to those that inspire you, each day. Learn the lessons being offered if they resonate with you. Learn them well.

Lean-in to hard things when it makes sense. We can do hard things . You can do hard things. We humans, we are built for struggle, to overcome difficulties, to persevere. That’s you, too!

Love yourself; at the same time, as you hold yourself accountable, remember to also love yourself.

And love those around you who love you; and love those who need love; let the love you are blessed with power you forward. Accept it when it is offered; give it as often as you can.

Let it be so: Listen, Lean-In, Love.

Other Side

On the other side of the headache, is the comfort and calm and peace to think clearly;

On the other side of releasing the angst and the pain and the toil is the certainty that you can take the next step on that ten thousand mile journey of life;

On the other side of the anxiety that spins you around and flips you upside down is the sense of serenity and peace that you are living exactly the life you’re meant to live in this moment,

And the clarity to change the things that need changing to align your head, your heart, your soul,

Starting now, on the other side.

Be At Peace

One of the simple lessons I take from this season, this Easter Season?

I am loved. I am forgiven. I am forever one of God’s children, Our Father, Our Mother indeed.

And as such, even as I struggle and search and strive and stumble,

Even still, each day, sometimes each hour I need to remind myself this,

Be at peace, for I am blessed, I am blessed by love and forgiveness,

And so it is.

Be at peace.

My Friend, God and Gisele

This story from my friend, Kim, captures the holy and sacred moment of God in the world, right now. Thank You, Kim; Thank You, Gisele.

“This Saturday I delivered Easter reusable bags to kids in our congregation. As I was driving I saw Gisele. She was in the midst of straightening her crown 👑(as every queen should).
It struck me, isn’t this how God is in the world?

God sneaks up in the midst of your daily tasks, in a parking lot of all places! In the monotony of it all— God says, “did ya notice me?”

I looped back around.
I pulled over and talked with Gisele— I told her I liked her crown. Her wearing it reminded me of beautiful Christian Iconography. I was grateful she was wearing it because it showed me God today.

She giggled and thanked me sweetly. I asked if she wanted some leftover communion that I had in my car. Yes please she said, we broke it and ate it. Really, none of this makes any sense. In my experience this is what God does.


God shows up in moments in my life whether I ready or not. Holy moments happen if I notice them or not, and they rarely make any sense. I know one thing for sure— they are always fleeting, and the circumstances change every time.

I’m only able to perceive the back side of God after God has already walked by, but I know when I’ve been in the midst of the Holy.
For me, that’s Easter.

The story makes no sense (except the women were there first, and had to do all the work to get everything ready 😉).

A poor Jewish dude and his 12 friends are going to start a 2,000 year revolution? That love is greater than death?

None of this make sense. But in this fleeting moment with Gisele, I know it to be true, even when i have more belief than answers.


Happy Easter to you my friends.
(This picture and story was shared with permission from Gisele).

AMEN AMEN.

This story shared with permission to HalffullAllgood.

Vigil to Resurrection: Love Wins

The Paschal Mystery, the Easter Miracle, have long been a wonder. A wonder to me, in any event.

How did that happen? Over the years I’ve thought long and hard, and prayed in earnest, waiting, hoping for a revelation.

After all these decades, for me the revelation is hope. For me the revelation is that in spite of it all, love wins.

Love could not be snuffed out; hope could not be snuffed out; the light still shown, love prevailed, evil and hate and fear did not get the last word.

Love did.

Love wins.

What Does It Come Down To?

THIS. From @Pontifex. Francis. I have to say, he speaks for me. And I am grateful.

“”From the cross God reigns with the disarmed and disarming power of love. He continues to amaze our minds and hearts. Let us allow ourselves to be filled with that amazement. Let us gaze upon the Crucified One and say: “Truly, You are the Son of God.” You are my God.

Jesus’s cross is God’s silent throne. Let us daily contemplate his wounds. In those gashes, we recognize our emptiness, our shortcomings, the wounds of our sin. His wounds were inflicted for our sake, and by those wounds we have been healed.

The cross expresses love, service, unreserved self-giving: it truly is the “tree of life”, of overabundant life. “”

Tribe

A few of the tribe come together, the warmth, the laughter, easy sharing, caring, catching up, so good, so good.

What does the tribe do? Some how through some magic, a sense of belonging, knowing, acceptance, concern. It fortifies, reassures, comforts.

My tribe? At least two. SCHS85, SCU89. When I’m with these people the thick thread rises up from the ground, pulls taught, a line from then until now. In this moment, I know this, I’m better with them, for them, the tribe, my people, stories, lives lived, it gives, power.

The tribe gives power, the tribe let’s love shine through, let’s love shine through.

The Power of Prayer

This passage was posted by Francis yesterday. Seems like it should be elevated. The power of prayer is real.

Give it a try.

“Each day that begins, if welcomed in #prayer, is accompanied by courage, so that the problems we have to face no longer seem to be obstacles to our #happiness, but rather appeals from God, opportunities for our encounter with him. #WorldHappinessDay” -Pope Francis on Twitter”

Amen AMEN.