The Gift of Joy and Wonder


from my wise internet friend Robert: “When did we stop asking questions? I suppose we wanted the questions to stop because they annoyed us so we began making proclamations instead. I think God would rather that we ask amazed questions rather than make exhausted declarations. I think He would have us wondering aloud at the beauty of it all. I think Jesus welcomes children because we adults get too tired.”

Originally posted on The Sub-Dean's Stall:

Recently, Karrie and I adopted two young boys.  We have been in the adoption process for some time yet the news still came as a surprise (which we received while on vacation in Tibet).  We got home and two days later were meeting the amazing birth family.  Our life has been a bit topsy-turvy since then – yet in a wonderful way.  I have not really had the chance to write or even time to reflect it seems as this rather dramatic change in our life has unfolded.  Yet, over and over again, I have found myself touched by one particular thing – the fresh joy with which children view the world.

There is a tiredness to life that sets in over time.  Perhaps it is jaded-ness or perhaps it is ennui – whatever one calls it the result is the same.  Life looks less like living and more like…

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Are you being fed?


from my colleague, the Rev. Dane Boston, on hunger and Jesus

Originally posted on That Blessed Dependancy:


A Sermon Preached on the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 16, 2015

By the Rev’d Canon Dane E. Boston, Trinity Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina

Texts: Proverbs 9:1-6; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

“My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.”

May I speak in the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Are you being fed?

The Church has been called a hospital for sinners. In light of this morning’s Scripture lessons, couldn’t we also call it a food bank for starving souls?

And so the question is: Are you being fed?

I suppose I should make clear that that question has nothing to do with Andrella and her wonderful team of kitchen volunteers, or with the covered dish luncheon that we are all invited to enjoy in the Trinity Center after the service. Feasting and feeding together are things that…

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crying with the psalmist

IMG_1964“How long, O Lord, how long?”

I wonder how long it is that my mind will be in this space, that my refrain will be from the second part of the third verse of psalm 6, “low long, O Lord, how long?”  It feels like every day is the last one I can stand.  Sometimes, I ask my husband to drive me home or I sit and stare at the wall, paralyzed.  Psalm 6 gives voice to my frustration.  I roll my eyes and pound at my pillow, I complain and cry about this disease that leaves me dumb, disorganized, addled.  But I’m asking the wrong question. Continue reading

Errant Posts

IMG_1578Clearly, the heat of August in Columbia has gotten to me!  Many posts have jumped up on this site before I’ve finished writing them, with unfinished and undeveloped thoughts.

As writer, curator, and webmaster (and all that as a hobby!), I have gotten ahead of myself.  Here’s to hoping I can manage a bit more organization and meaningfully-published pieces in the coming weeks!

Thank you for bearing with me!

An Offering in Celebration of Our Sacred Lady


an icon for today via a dear friend:

Originally posted on INTER ALIA:

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“Mother and Child” (1901) Pablo Picasso

On this morning of the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin I offer up a painting by Pablo Picasso entitled “Mother and Child” , painted in 1901, as a way of celebrating and lifting up the special nature of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, the “Theotokos,” .  As a naïve young lad I always found Picasso a bit “trite” and wondered what all the fuss was about.  However, as I have aged and been guided by some very knowledgeable friends, and one of my priests and artist son-in law in particular,  I have come to see the deep symbolism in his work as possessing great religious connotation.  This painting comes from what is referred to as Picasso’s “blue period”.  During this period the artist rendered everything in blue. In a way this painting is reminiscent of the baroque period artists who used blue…

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