Category: Desert Places

The Land of the Speaking

Lent has been equated with the spiritual geography of the wilderness. This is where Jesus was driven by the Spirit after his baptism in the Jordan River. The 40 days of Lent originate from the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. No one likes the wilderness. With no familiar markers to guide us, we ...

I’ve Never Been This Way Before

Like you I am a bit giddy at the prospect of beginning again. I look forward to the freshness and possibilities that the New Year offers. There is something about being given a clean slate…a do-over or “reboot” in our lives. Unlike many of you I’ve not yet set any goals. Much of what is ...

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Finding Our Way Home

“God is at home. It is we who have gone out for a walk.” Meister Eckhart I didn’t recognize my own symptoms. After three weeks of summer travel and a jam-packed schedule I finally had a morning at home alone. After a three week hit-and-miss pattern of morning devotions, I plopped in my chair to ...

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Desert Places

Often we go through difficult periods or circumstances in our lives.  These kinds of places have been described as “desert” places. The desert is the place where you think you will die. Yet even the desert serves a divine purpose.  Consider Craig Barnes thoughts on going through the desert from his book, Sacred Thirst: “Perhaps ...