Coffee Shop Encounter

Mary and I were talking at the coffee shop about a ministry we lead. The tables were close together, but I forgot that as I was engrossed in conversation. We didn’t see the professionally dressed man at the table next to us, laptop open, until we noticed that he was crying. “God bless you!” he said emotionally when we made eye contact. “Obviously, you’re women of faith. I’m inspired.” “Are you eavesdropping on us?” I […]

Hours of Light and Dark

I don’t know how old I will be when I have finally learned to live in synch with times of day and night. Thanks to electricity, many of us humans no longer sleep at night and move around in the daytime. I wonder how many health problems are related to that. And I understand that some jobs must be done at night, and we need nighttime workforces. But on an individual basis, perhaps each of […]

The Time to Pray

The best time to pray is when I feel the least inclined to do so. For instance, if I’m upset with my husband or wrangling online or over the phone with some nameless, faceless, nonhuman entity that’s after my money, then I am not thinking about my conversation with God. Also, if I’m feeling guilty, I find it difficult to glide into ceaseless prayer. However, in the same way that Jesus said he came for […]

Marinate in God’s Love

Teacher Helen Jacobs wants the “e” back in “time” so that she stops cutting time short. Mindfulness and marinating are the antidote: How easy is it to get caught up in the demands and struggles of our secular world? How easy is it to say I’m too busy to check in with a friend or appreciate the views a long walk can provide? Dare I question, how easy is it to forget to spend time […]

Does Obama Pray?

How hard can it be to take 10, 15, 20 minutes a day for dedicated prayer or reflection and contemplation? Loyola Press has it down to a daily 3-Minute Retreat sent right to your Facebook page. And yet the commitment to any regular prayer practice can often feel like one more burden to “fit in” to our hectic schedules, one of those “shoulds” that my spiritual director often cautions me against. I often feel like I just […]

The Correct Use of More Daylight

Here in the Midwest, our days are longer during the summer. The sun is up before I head out to work, and it’s still shining when I commute home. Back in southeast Kansas, where I grew up, I remember the sky being light at 10 p.m. Loved those long summer days! I would rise close to dawn, just to sit out in our large backyard and watch sunshine light up the grass and the birds […]

Blog-alogue Final Question: Time for Social Media?

Meredith, Alas, it’s time to bring our blog-alogue about social media to a close.  I think it’s been entertaining and thoroughly informative, and many followers of this blog feel the same way, judging by the many comments we’ve had to these posts.  We’re not finished with the subject by any means; you’ll be posting about social media here in the future.  But I’m going to end the blog-alogue part of it with one final question. […]

Eastern Standard Time

After all these years, I should stop being so surprised by the moaning and groaning that accompanies shifting from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time. Me? I get happier as days get darker earlier and  not because I have the summer version of SAD (seasonal affective disorder). While the language of Christian scripture and liturgy is bursting with light, I’m more motivated to seek  God in darkness. Yes, metaphorically, as per the (apparently) necessary-for-growth Dark […]