Friendship

It was a hot summer day in Pinecrest, California when I first met Beau Delmore at the summer camp where I worked in college.  A large group of us had been assigned to spread mulch in order to keep the dust down and make the grounds look pretty.  As we worked with pitchforks and shovels

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You Can

It was early morning when we met at the trailhead—Jim, Abbott, and I together with our friend, Jeff, who lives here in Estes Park, Colorado. We had chosen to ascend Twin Sisters Peak in part because we could see it from their front porch and in part because at 11,400 feet it would give us

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Pilgrimage

With all the racket of wedding planning and travel filling these summer months–including my trip to New York which will prevent me from joining you in church this Sunday–I can’t help but think back to where I was this time last year: On pilgrimage walking the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James,

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Radiance

I’ve never witnessed so many fireflies in one place, flashing in the dusk as we hiked up the mountain last night, dancing around us with their flickering light. On our way back down, however, we witnessed a gathering so dense that it appeared the milky way was caught in the trees, flashing like tiny paparazzi

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God Spotting

I had a conversation with God one night.  A proper back and forth kind of talk. I was questioning why I had survived an illness which two other young girls I knew hadn’t lived through and there was a reply, a voice speaking in my heart as clear as a phone conversation.  One answer, “I have work for

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Caring for Creation

This week has been so beautiful… days not too hot, not too cold…in my opinion they’ve been just right. The moon continues to swell and the bursting forth of flowering plants amid the various shades of green delight the eye—even if they set off fits of sneezing for some of us.  I find the breathtaking

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Torn Ligament: Injured Connections

I tore a ligament in my knee a few weeks back. Initially it was immensely painful – the seeing stars kind. After a trip to the clinic, x-rays, and an MRI, the doctors declared it not broken, just injured and torn. Sometimes torn ligaments are more difficult to deal with than breaks. Breaks heal faster.

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Choosing the Kingdom

Every time we pray the prayer Jesus gave us, we pray ‘thy kingdom come.’  What, exactly, do we mean?  Today is the Feast of the Ascension, when Jesus rose up into a cloud, leaving the disciples staring up such that two angels appear and ask them, “men of Galilee why do you stand there looking

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What Matters

This week the staff held a planning meeting, one of several, to begin mapping out the coming year. In my first parish, the rector called it the long death march through the calendar—painful, but necessary. Actually, we had a lot of fun along the way, and I’m grateful we are working on the project further

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Discerning Hearts

Not long ago, a parishioner shared that he had been doing a lot of discerning of late. He joked that before meeting me that wasn’t a word that he had ever used, and now he found himself using it frequently. Most of us find ourselves making decisions all the time, from how we will spend

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