Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Eastertide: A 50-Day Celebration Of A Living Hope

The Easter bunnies bearing beautiful azaleas, orchids, and African violets have finally arrived and they will stay on my porch for the next 50 days. Easter Sunday has launched the breathtakingly magical season of Eastertide, the fifty days that follow the resurrection of Jesus until the coming of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost). I love this period of new life when I am reborn to a living hope. More than any of the other liturgical seasons this is the season to rejoice and hold onto hope. Jesus has vanquished death. He is risen indeed! Our immortality is assured through him, a living hope. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Birds Of The Air Will Tweet

This first week of spring has been a marvelous time of restful rejuvenation. I've been spending a lot of time doing all my favorite things: gardening, admiring the plants, the birds, bees and butterflies that come to play in the Garden of Grace, etc.. Anytime I spend time in nature, I don't do as much with social media or information technology, although I find myself reaching for my camera quite often (the picture here of the bee inside the delicate flower of the dahlia tree is a good example!). Anyway, I've also been thinking about the stories in the Bible about the birds and I remembered this little piece about Twitter, which I originally wrote almost a year ago for the Presbyterian Writers Guild newsletter. Enjoy!

5 Effective Strategies and Practices for Christian Authors on Twitter 
Writers often need to know much more than how to get started on Twitter.  They may like to know how to connect with readers, find new audiences for their books and writings, network, and be in community through the solitary tasks of research and writing, besides adding a Christian presence. Jesus’ commandment, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, is our guiding star for effectiveness on Twitter. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Life, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and Eternal Living

I could hear the frenetic buzz but I couldn't see "a glittering fragment of the rainbow" which is how John James Audobon described hummingbirds. The iridescence of the hummingbird's multicolored throat and wings never fail to get my attention but this time, I didn't really care. I was digging up dirt to plant the dainty larkspur and this was close enough to heaven. I didn't want any more just yet. Spring has suddenly and dramatically arrived, along with a soft rain, in my garden and is stirring life, old and new. "New Life" is also the theme of the Synchroblog this month  along with the 'Spring "winter"  storm of the East' which is bringing life-giving rains to the plants of the West. Flowers in my Garden of Grace are blooming in riotous color, carrying the seeds of the future. Is there new life stirring within me? I recall the NY times bestseller, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

Monday, March 17, 2014

In the Company of Chastity: Augustine, Milton, Bonhoeffer, and Me

The essence of chastity is not the suppression of lust, but the total orientation of one's life towards a goal - Dietrich Bonhoeffer Letters and Papers from Prison. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Soul Poetry

Some of the events of this week and this little gem from Rudyard Kipling have given me a new appreciation for "soul poetry" - with a twist! I hope you will laugh out loud and be refreshed, as I was.