Gracious God, oil the hinges of our heart's doors that they may swing gently and easily to welcome your coming

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Speaking to the Soul: Tiny windows of glory

These mysterious bits of creation constantly remind me that, as grounded as I am in the sciences, that behind all the science is love–God’s love. Just as happenstance saw to it that I was to accompany this moth in his dying process, I need to remember that we are each also called to so many births, deaths, and everything-in-betweens in the carefully prepared, God-molded lives of all we encounter, and try to glimpse the holiness in each.

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Speaking to the Soul: Ascension and Emptiness

The Ascension is a leave-taking. This is the moment when the tale of God’s incarnation in the world is over. What makes it difficult to capture in paint is really this: it is an absence. It is the moment when the sky is suddenly simply a blue expanse, when the mountain top opens only to wind and silence, when the lake shore no longer rings with the voice of the rabbi or his odd counter-intuitive commands. It is a presence gone, removed never to return. It is emptiness.

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Speaking to the Soul: Just Visiting

Constant contact with Jesus fills the day with endless opportunities to witness his love. In encouragement and assistance, in kindness and courtesy, in giving and sharing, we become one with Jesus. And as we draw closer to Christ, the spiritual gravity of grace draws those in the orbit of our lives right along with us towards God… the epicenter of love.