Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Day Three CUMC Devotionals

A third offering from my five part series.

What do we know of baptism?

A child, brought to the waters to be marked, a man drawn by thirst so deep that his bones crack with it, a woman burning with passion for justice, all standing on the edge of the water. We watch Jesus descend, humbly, into the water to be blessed by his kinsman, and we hear the words, “Repent and be baptized.” The water is there, holy and elemental, strange...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Central UMC Devotionals

Here is another devotional from the daily emailed devotional from Central UMC.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Central UMC Devotionals

This week I am supplying the devotionals for Central UMC, Asheville. Thanks for reading!

Friday, June 6, 2014

A snippet from a project

Rocks, smooth and brilliant nestle, decades old, in the elbows and knees of the river. Water, cold and so clear it is invisible until a water skate walks, impossibly, on its surface, slides by. 

Low and quiet today. 
Today it is enough simply to glide silently by. 
Maybe tomorrow it will roar, gorged with rain. 
Confused and wild. 

The green branches of trees bend over in a protective embrace. Today, the water is content to be here, passing gently through this wood, but water is ancient. It has cycled through ages and seasons, alternately ascending in the exhalation of evaporation, and descending in a free fall of rain. It has known the splash of children’s fingers, the cleaving of the explorer's prow, the joy of the thirsty wanderers, and it remembers the shadow of the Devine breath in the darkness before there was light. When it too knew the darkness and safety of a womb.

Monday, June 2, 2014


Baby you are there in your bed. Quiet but frustrated.

"I no sleepy,"

You insisted, until, arms folded in somnolent prayer, you slept, unsleepily.

Outside child-grown babies run and shout, knowing that if they chase the fairies in the garden they will outrun their lessons. 

For what mother

Would trouble peaceful play with lessons?