March 23: Love at a Distance

EAT, PRAY, LOVE, SPOUSALLY DISTANCE?! Yesterday I suggested we all have stepped backwards in societal time to an earlier, less frantic age.  While there are unanticipated blessings in this moment, there are also spiritual, emotional, behavioral and relational threats beyond the existential threat of contagion.  My parents taught me that

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March 22: Time Travel

Time Travel.  Growing up in Florida during the heady days of the Gemini, Apollo, Spacelab and the early Space Shuttle programs, with a father who worked at NASA by day and kitbashed early home computers with us by night, I was introduced to wild ideas of scientific exploration and futuristic

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March 21: Holy Week at Home

Holy Week.  For many of us who are “liturgical” Christians, i.e. those believers who gather based upon a traditional platform of calendared and ordered pattern of worship, Holy Week is the peak of the summit.  Our deep powder stash, our secret fly fishing hole, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup,

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March 20: Old Rules & New Rule Part 2

OLD RULES AND NEW RULE PART TWO So, yesterday we explored the evolution of patterns of organized living the church calls Rules of Life.  I am realizing that we all need a personal strategy specific to this moment to ground ourselves in reality, seek health in every dimension, and practice

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March 19: Old Rules & New Rule, Part 1

OLD RULES AND NEW RULE PART ONE So, this season of social distancing proves it….I am a hobbit after all!  Like the (barely) mythical creatures populating J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary masterwork The Lord of the Rings, and much like the distinguished Oxford Don and fantasy author himself, when left to my

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March 18: Space for Prayer

First, a sincere “Thank You” to all who have provided feedback by voice, text or email.  I truly appreciate hearing from you and please keep it coming!  Before we go into the weekend and potentially my “How to Survive Social Isolation as a Raving Extrovert” reflection, followed by the “How

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March 16: Journaling

Part of any Lenten journey is the experimentation with new and different spiritual habits, or if you prefer, life habits for the Christian journey.  Some are enduring and non-negotiable, like Sunday communal worship, regular reading of and reflection upon God’s word, generosity in sharing our blessings with others, and the

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March 14: Healing Power of Humor

In the words of my troupe of spiritual directors, Monty Python, “And now, time for something completely different!”  Humor is a wonderful spiritual gift to employ in times of stress.  To laugh at life’s circumstances is to be completely human, and I understand laughter releases many positive biochemicals to counteract

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March 13: Fear

Well it feels somehow appropriate.  We get a Friday the 13 in this Lenten season, and like any good horror movie, the villain of this Lent has just jumped right out from behind the epidemiological tree to give us a good scare!  As any horror aficionado knows, there’s always a villain

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