Archives for April 2010

Dislocation and open space

We went different ways, my dog Chester and I, and so did my elbow. He charged, I fell, the elbow dislocated, and I could feel a hollow space at the joint where something was missing. And so the real dislocation this past week (yes, it has been a week ago that I was in the […]

Dogwood in April

I could count each pale diskif I wanted, open facedand unabashedlydefying the creeping dusk which relentlessly rendersindistinguishable onebranch from another leaf,blending all into a black mass of slumbering growth.For awhile they hang, petalby petal, an earthbound spangleof milky way in my yard, the last to cling to light,the last to look for the moon’sreflection, that […]

Wondering about Avatar

I haven’t seen Avatar yet—too much going on. But I love the idea of 3-D and am curious. When I go to movies though, I like to ponder the characters and listen for what is being said underneath a good story. That’s why I was intrigued today by what Kelvin Wright, Anglican Bishop of Dunedin, […]

The presence of my enemies

The psalm this coming Sunday is a familiar one: Psalm 23. This morning I was chewing on this one verse: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.I have been puzzling over what the psalmist means. Here’s a few possibilities I’ve thought about:1) God is going to spread a feast before […]

No fish

After he appeared to his followers in Jerusalem, Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberius; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin. Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said […]

Pillow Day

Today was one of those early service worship days when I thought I was working hard at communicating a reasonable sermon, but it felt (to me) like my words were bouncing back off an invisible wall. So I worked harder to try to grab strands of interest, but I think it got worse. Everyone looked […]

Wet redbuds and damp robins

Such a balmy evening! I ate supper on the side porch stoop: gazed at the emerald green , freshly mown lawn, at the redbud branches flung crazily hither and yon, laced with elegant purple. Then on an impulse I moved to the upstairs porch, brought down from the attic a folding table we use for […]

Thinking towards Sunday

On one of the favorite blogs I follow, Kelvin Wright, an Anglican bishop in New Zealand, has some amazing photographs. But even better, he tells thoughtful stories about living as a follower of Jesus. Recently he wrote about an interesting happening over Easter when some visitors showed up (go to “Angels”, Friday, April 9, 2010). […]

Opening day

Perhaps you can explain it to me. Last Saturday was the opening day of trout season. I drove to the park to walk the dogs along the creek, but it was so crowded, I couldn’t find a place to park. Another location closer to home was still crowded but at least I could park in […]

Easter eyes

An empty space…that’s all the women found. They had come back to the tomb because that’s where they had watched the body of Jesus being placed after his crucifixion. There was nothing. Empty space. Then two messengers with a strange message. “Why are you looking?” “To anoint a body.” “Why are you looking for the […]