Remembering Joy

A day of preparation for the celebration to come… A day of remembrance and prayer so that we might understand better that which we are celebrating–a country built on freedom. I relish this pause in our busy schedules so that we might remember, as a country, all of our history. This scene, painted in 1897,…

Getting Away

We all need to get away To find a bit of breathing room New perspectives Time to reconnect with family A break from the day to day Only this year I am struggling with a tailbone injury/issue that isn’t allowing me to sit in the car for longer than a short trip across town. So…

Drifting and planting seeds

Resting in the shade… Escaping the heat of the day. Each in their private meditation. Lost in thoughts… Drifting… We’re living in topsy-turvy times, and I think that what causes the topsy-turvy feelings is inadequacy of old forms of thought to deal with new experiences…you have to stop and drift laterally for a while until…

By the Sea

Recently,  I have been drawn to the paintings of Paul Gauguin. This might seem unexpected in light of his life story that features desertion of his family and the ugly episode the night Van Gogh dislocated his ear lobe. Let’s just say it is easy to judge him harshly because of these stories. Then I…

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

  Not sure why I am so drawn to this painting, but there is just something about it that really speaks to my soul. So let’s unpack it together. Painted in 1890, it is the last painting Van Gogh produced in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France, shortly before he died. It is sort of a last testimony if…

Divine Encounters

We have all worried about the future. Maybe we have even said: “Well it won’t matter because I won’t be around to see it.” “That won’t happen in my lifetime..” But is this God’s view of things? Does God want us to just keep our heads down and not rock the boat? Or does he…

A Sacrifice of Love

All this month I focused on just one painting of Rogier van der Weyden called “The Seven Sacraments Altarpiece.”  I wanted to demonstrate how one painting could provide multiple perspectives and be worthy of extended meditation. I asked several friends of mine to comment on this painting using the following as their guide:  Community—Seasons—Sacrament— Sacrifice…

Looking to Christ as Our Healer

All this month, I am focusing on this painting by Rogier van der Weyden called “The Seven Sacraments Altarpiece.”   I have asked several friends of mine, who just happen to be women pastors, to comment on this painting using the following as their guide:  Community—Seasons—Sacrament— Sacrifice — Cross— Christ  I asked them: “Like the…

Living Beneath the Cross

All this month, I am focusing on this painting by Rogier van der Weyden called “The Seven Sacraments Altarpiece.”   I have asked several friends of mine, who just happen to be women pastors, to comment on this painting using the following as their guide:  Community—Seasons—Sacrament— Sacrifice — Cross— Christ  I asked them: “Like the…

Living in Community

This month, as we feel the tensional pull of the reflection of Holy Week and the more joyful celebrations of Easter Sunday, I am particularly drawn to this painting by Rogier van der Weyden called “The Seven Sacraments Altarpiece.”  I have asked several friends of mine, who just happen to be women pastors, to comment…