September theme: The Prayerful Imagination: Praying Creatively for a More Meaningful Connection with God and Others.
October theme: Living into the Shalom of God
by Christine Sine Early this month when we asked for ideas on on creative prayer posts, one person suggested how to foster creativity in kids. Today’s meditation began as that post, but then I realized that we all need this kind of help. In her book Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, Madelaine L’Engle reminds us […]
by Bethany Stedman As I sat with the tangled threads of yarn slipping through my fingers, untangling yet another knot, so that I could roll it into a ball and make something hopefully beautiful out of it, I thought to myself, “This is how God creates.” God creates by making order out of chaos. “In […]
by Lilly Lewin The Celtic Christians had prayers they prayed for daily tasks like: starting the fire in the morning, making the beds, prayers as they walked to the fields to work, etc. I follow their lead and pray as I do daily tasks around the house. I am someone who hates to do housework! […]
by Kate Rae Davis What books have shaped your life? It’s not an incredibly unusual question. When I was recently asked, I rattled off a few of the many titles that came to mind. But the question lingered in my mind, the phrasing of it struck me. It wasn’t simply, “What books do you like?” […]
By Rev. Brenda G. Warren Isn’t it interesting how our faith in God often evolves, transforms, and grows richer and deeper over our lifetime? A little over a decade ago, an ancient way of praying and seeking God entered my life that multitudes around the world are also re-discovering. Ambling through the gorgeous tree-filled and […]
Andy Wade – Creation sings, giving glory to God. It’s easy to imagine this while out hiking in majestic mountains or watching the explosion of color as the sun sets over the ocean. But it happens all around us, every day, every moment, if only we’re alert enough to notice. One way to hone our […]
Here in North America it’s the end of summer. Bees are still buzzing in my garden, pollinating the last of the summer crops and the new flowers emerging on the fall/winter crops. MSA/Godspace also continues to buzz. For those of you that follow our Godspace Community Blog, you’ve probably noticed that, although Christine has officially […]
by Kristen Leigh Kludt The day was beautiful. We sat at a picnic table in the shade of a eucalyptus tree hung with yellow balloons. It was a birthday party, and we ate and laughed and ran around the park with the kids. There were so many kids. Leah Beth and David had two children, […]
by Sujatha Balasundaram Prayer takes different forms during different stages of our walk with the Lord. The forms of prayer we use are closely related to where we are in our relationship with Jesus and the life journey we find ourselves at. For example, when I was little I sat with my hands folded and […]
by Cynthia Helton Here I sit on this steamy afternoon, trying to ignore the mosquito bites from the tiny adversaries who lie in wait for me by the water faucet. Don’t they understand that God “NEEDS” me to give a life-saving drink to the newly planted Hibiscus, the transplanted Monkey Grass, the Gardenia languishing near […]
by Christine Sine Many of us believe we are called to be co-creators with God, but when it comes to prayer it seems our creativity suddenly dries up, unless we are kids. Kids are encouraged to explore their creativity by playing games, reading books, walking in nature, planting and watching things grow, listening to music […]
by Nils von Kalm One of the distinctive marks of the Christian faith is the message that the God who made everything wants to have a personal relationship with us. God is both ultimate and intimate. When we look up at the stars on a clear night we can often think like the Psalmist did, […]
by Kate Kennington Steer O most noble Greenness, rooted in the sun, shining forth in streaming splendor upon the wheel of Earth. No earthly sense or being can comprehend you. You are encircled by the very arms of Divine mysteries. You are radiant like the red of dawn! You glow like the incandescence of the […]
By Rev. Jeannie Kendall Last night I watched one of the Hobbit trilogy with a friend who is having chemotherapy. The antics of Bilbo are a wonderful distraction. There are now six films based on Tolkien’s books, the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. The way all six films have been made accurately reflects […]
Meet the Godspace Community Team
Andy Wade Director, Godspace/Mustard Seed Associates - Cultivator of Gardens & Neighborhoods, Writer/SpeakerAndy became Director of Mustard Seed Associates/Godspace on August 1, 2016. He joined the MSA team in December 2009, he has been connected to Tom and Christine and their vision from the beginning, however, and has been hanging out with Tom since 1983. Andy is an ordained Mennonite Pastor who ministered in the Seattle area for five years before moving with his family to Hong Kong to do leadership development, pastoring, and church planting. After 12 years of ministry in Hong Kong, Andy and his family moved back to his home town of Hood River, Oregon. Andy has developed a new area of garden spirituality he calls "gardening with God and neighbor" which builds upon Christine's spirituality of gardening by asking the question, "What does it mean to garden with both God and neighbor in mind?"
Christine Sine Founder, Godspace/Mustard Seed AssociatesChristine Sine is the founder and ongoing contributor to Godspace, which grew out of her passion for creative spirituality, gardening and sustainability. Together with her husband, Tom, she is also co-Founder of Mustard Seed Associates. Christine describes herself as a contemplative activist, believing that spiritual formation should weave through all of life and equip us to engage in the challenges and struggles of our broken and needy world. Is an Australian physician, who practiced in New Zealand and then developed the medical ministry for Mercy Ships. She no longer practices medicine but delights in guiding people towards the health and wholeness of God’s new world.