Archives for October 2010

Present and well-proved

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.Psalm 46:1 October 31st is Reformation Day. Psalm 46 and Martin Luther’s hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, that is likely (but loosely) based on the psalm, are both up for this Sunday. So our Tuesday and Wednesday discussion groups spent time comparing […]

Book Review: A 30 Day Retreat by William C. Mills

Vacation is a good time to catch up on reading and writing projects. One of those projects has been to read A 30 Day Retreat: A Personal Guide to Spiritual Renewal by William C. Mills (Paulist Press, 2010) for which I was asked to write a review. Here is a little bit about the book […]

Sabbath 6: Reminder to myself

Before the sun gets a running leap,make sure you breathe the cobalt blue,and bless the One who kept yourheart beating through the night–yours and those you loveand those you don’tor won’t yet.Who knows?Perhaps inthe blessing, theHoly One may stretchyour rousing soul as wideas sun is high by noonday;what once you scorned could cradle a new […]

Sabbath 5: Uncertainties

Sabbath 5: Day of Uncertainty Tastings: Texas shrimp braised in butter over a campfire, fresh curried trout broiled over coals, stewed tofu, roasted carrots, oriental rice crackers. Still learning by heart: Isaiah 30: 21 “…This is the way; walk in it.” It was a rainy morning so we headed out of the campground into town […]

Sabbath 4: A word behind

Sightings: A great blue heron flying a few yards past us, the canal towpath in fall colors instead of the familiar spring, a HUGE poison ivy plant, a little boy and his dad fishing in the river, a very crowded and lively book store on a Sunday night. Learning by heart: Isaiah 30:21 “And when […]

Sabbath 3: Returning

Sightings: A young girl returning home across her yard, her head bowed over a book she was reading; people in Cambridge, MD, returning for more crab soup, bratwurst and sauerkraut, and Octoberfest beer; two eagles turning and returning over the salt marsh, my dog Winnie’s bumped up nose after slamming into the screen door she […]

Sabbath 2: Day of the turtle

Sightings: Stars before dawn, tumbling river (Great Falls), 3 blue herons, a turtle floating in the canal, autumn-red Virginia creeper with blue berries on it (and I’m from the state that gave the creeper its name but still didn’t know it grows berries), 2 mules pulling the canal boat, 7 stink bugs sharing my shower, […]

Sabbath 1

It is vacation and play time…2 weeks of it! With all the extra work getting ready to leave, some of you have noted that it’s been over a week since I posted anything. Don’t give up on me. Finally I have locked the office door. Finally the bikes, the books and the food are all […]

Palimpsest on faith

I learned this week that a palimpsest is a manuscript from which an earlier text has been scraped away and the vellum or parchment reused to write something else. It was a common practice before the invention of paper when vellum (made of animal skin) was costly; in fact, sometimes the vellum was used more […]