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Through a Window Brightly: Telling Stories

A favorite by Henri Nouwen: “The Flying Rodleighs are trapeze artists who perform in the German circus Simoneit-Barum. When the circus came to Freiburg two years ago, my friends Franz and Reny invited me and my father to see the … Continue reading

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Through a Window Brightly: Favorite Stories

The story is from Robert Fulghum’s book It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It. Here it is in its entirety: A story is told by Robert Fulghum, a Unitarian minister, about a seminar he once attended in Greece. … Continue reading

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Through a Window Brightly: Inch by Inch

God shouts, “Move over!  Make room!  Clean it up!  Throw the old stuff away!  I told you.  I am making all things new.” The spiritual practice of Christmas is living into the art of holding a sacred space and keeping … Continue reading

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Through A Window Dimly: Sacred Tables

The first table I remember sitting at was metal with legs that unfolded. The table fit over my lap just right. I would often sit on the floor and eat my meals from this small collapsible table. It was also … Continue reading

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Through a Window Dimly: How to be Home

Thich Nhat Hanh says, “Our true home is in the present moment. To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the … Continue reading

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Seeing Through a Window Dimly: Some Instructions On Being

acts of faith are as natural and complex as breathing or riding a bicycle. each breath, each act of balancing on two wheels is part miracle and wholly gift.    

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Through a Window Dimly: Waiting Rooms

I sat here so many days.  Waiting. Ritual was my friend.  When Scott was called back for radiation I would make myself a cup of tea.  Once my tea was prepared I would find  spot to sit.   I started … Continue reading

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Through a Window Dimly: Carrying the World in our Belly

mary and joseph one foot lifting placed carefully and then the next. the road long. but worn by our ancestors. each footfall an act of trust. each stumble a recognition of fear. forward by command and demand. carrying the world … Continue reading

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Through A Window Dimly: Jesus at the Dump

“Good thing you weren’t here yesterday. I threw baby Jesus and the angels away. Now they are probably in the dump by now. Jesus is wrapped up in tissue paper in a ziplock bag in the dump.” I quickly realized … Continue reading

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Through A Window Dimly: Waiting and Discipline

A recent writing prompt from a teacher requiring us to think about the topic of discipline unearthed this poem from my heart.  I share it with you in the spirit of waiting that requires the discipline of ancestors. Poetic Reflection: … Continue reading

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