by Rev. Jeannie Kendall For some of us at least, if we are really honest, we would rather ignore the part in the Christmas story about Herod’s massacre at Bethlehem. Enough to manage the shock of God’s outrageous risk in entrusting the rescue of his world (and universe) to two unknowns – at least […]
by Christine Sine It is the second day of Christmas – the 12 days starting with Christmas day that mark the celebration of the birth of Christ. In the sixth century it was decided that celebrating Christmas just for a day didn’t provide enough time to celebrate all the joy that Christ’s birth brought into […]
by Keren Dibbens-Wyatt I have been revisiting some of the books that enchanted me as a young girl, ostensibly as research for my own writing, but in fact more truly because in my middle age I am hankering for the simpler joys. Having read all the Anne of Green Gables books my county library […]
Christmas greetings from Tom and Christine Sine in Australia. The peace of God of rest on you, The love of God shine through you, Let Christ be birthed afresh in you This day and every day.
by Cynthia Helton Once upon a time (just last night – Christmas Eve, 2015), in a land far, far away (about 35 miles from my home) … I saw God! It started out like many holiday gatherings; one that has it’s usual assortment of aunts and uncles and cousins and, in our case, a healthy […]
by Lynn Domina How Long, O Lord: A Seeker’s Litany We’ve searched for you in forests and meadows, on beaches and hilltops, beside rivers and gorges, But we’ve seen only trees and grass, sand and flowers, currents and stones; We’ve searched for you at midnight and at noon, But we’ve seen only darkness too dark […]
Andy Wade – I wonder what it was really like, that day the Prince of Peace was born? Mary and Joseph must have been churning with emotion. As new parents, there would have been joy and amazement as this delicate child emerged from the womb and gave out his first cry. In the back of […]
by Kate Kennington Steer Although the wind blows terribly here, the moonlight also leaks between the roof planks of this ruined house. Izumi Shikibu (974?-1034?) Jane Hirshfield/Mariko Aratani Jesus sat down to chat, to eat, and to sleep in a wide variety of houses. He invited the strangest mix of society to join him. […]
Merry Christmas All Year Long
by Christine Sine As we enter this last week of Advent, I find myself thinking a lot about the incredible love of God, not the crucifixion but the incarnation, not the death of Christ but rather the birth. I am awed today as I think about this ultimate act of love. God never comes to […]
It’s a beautiful, chilly day here in Hood River, Oregon. I’m looking out my window at a fresh blanket of snow and dreaming of a white Christmas. Meanwhile, Tom and Christine Sine are half-way around the world visiting family and friends in Australia. They’ll be recieving this email while basking in what’s forcast to be […]
by Joy Lenton How is light revealed when godliness lies concealed? A tiny newborn baby seems too small to bear the weight of glory concealed within. We discover, little by little, in the unfolding of His story in our history, as Jesus reveals wisdom beyond His years and grows to adult maturity. It is seen […]
Andy Wade – Ruach God breathes into the void Whispering peace into chaos Light into darkness Substance from nothingness Divine likeness from earth Ruach Divine presence in the womb Substance from human frailty Light into darkness Whispering love into chaos God breathes, filling the void Ruach AFWade 12/13/2016 Ruach (roo’-akh) is a Hebrew word meaning “breath”, […]
Katie Metzger — Holiday shopping can be stressful. Long lines, crowded malls, and long lists can add to the stress. We have all felt the pressure of expectations, finances and time when trying to complete our shopping for friends and families. What if we could change the narrative of holiday shopping to one less driven […]
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.