A couple of years ago I came across this beautiful prayer written by Deborah Hirt, Intern at Franciscans International. It is no longer posted on their website but I think it is such a wonderful rendition of the Francis prayer that I like to repost it each year. Lord, make me an instrument of peace:(…)
There is an ancient Japanese art, from the 15th century, called Kintsugi. It is, essentially, the art of taking broken pieces of porcelain and remaking them into pots. These are usually sealed with gold resin. It is said, a vessel fixed by Kintsugi will be more beautiful, more precious, than before it was broken. And(…)
The Inner Battle by Lynne M. Baab I was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1997, and soon after that I had a conversation about Lent with the senior minister at the church where I was an associate pastor. He told me he’d read an interesting article about why Lent was irrelevant, and he gave(…)
Lent – Not Denial But Transformation Its Ash Wednesday, (yes it is already Ash Wednesday in Australia and New Zealand) the one day of the year when Christians still flock to church for a mid week service. In some circles it’s become a bit of a fashion statement to have ashes on our foreheads for(…)
Today’s prayer is attributed to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu adapted from an original prayer by Sir Francis Drake. I first posted this prayer a couple of years ago and it continues to be one of the most popular on my blog. I thought I would post it again as it is so appropriate for(…)
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When I told my colleague Kristin King Carroccino about my ideas for starting a Lenten garden she sent me this article about what she and her family have done in the past. I love the way she incorporates her own need for transformation with that of the transformation that occurs in the garden. A few(…)
This morning I read an interesting article from YES magazine entitled Relearning the Skills of Community. As I read about their check in time, and provision of mutual support I thought – that sounds very much like forming Christian community to me. That’s what we do in our MSA team meetings. That’s what movements like the New(…)