Tagged: God

Leave the Crib. Learn to Crawl. 1

Leave the Crib. Learn to Crawl.

What kind of parent wants their little child to grow up and sit in their lap all day? What kind of parents are happy when their 25 year old son cannot figure out what to do with his life besides sit in their basement, eat their food, and play video games? What kind of parent dreams of raising a child that will one day do nothing with their life besides come over to visit every now and again? Every parent wants their child to love them, but every parent also wants their child to grow up at some point. The...

Love and Freedom 0

Love and Freedom

Without freedom, love cannot exist. Actions undertaken for the sake of love have a value that is derived from their very existence. Actions undertaken for the sake of religious duty, personal obligation, or social expectation have value only in the feeling that they are able to arouse in the recipient. Yet, even this feeling becomes an expected right – or worse, a required response – when the parties involved in the transaction feel restricted to this particular set of behaviors and responses. This idea is demonstrated by the child who is forced by his parents to apologize to a sibling...

Experiencing Joy 0

Experiencing Joy

Often these days, I wish to open this blog and write about life or what it is becoming. Yet, in order to do this successfully, I would need to understand what is going on. I feel like thanksgiving dinner that was sitting on a serving plate under a silver cover to keep warm. Now the cover has been removed. And what do I see? Instead of darkness, there is light. Instead of a rounded sky of dim silver, there is nothing – and yet, there is everything. Whatever had surrounded me for the past length of time is gone. I...

The Never Ending Song 0

The Never Ending Song

For the past many days my heart and my head have been filled with thoughts that swirl around like patterns of leaves caught in the fall breeze that sweeps across Minnesota this time of the year. My heart is filled to overflowing and expresses itself in music, in drawing, in writing, in encouraging other people, and in reaching moments of inexpressible joy. In the same way, my mind is constantly at work exploring new ideas, synthesizing information and creating opportunities. I am becoming more fully human than I ever expected human to be and yet have no way to describe...

School of Laughter 0

School of Laughter

This morning when the official time for worship began, we were supposed to act on something or engage in some expressive with the music. I just wanted to sit and rest in the presence of God, but walked over to get some paper and pencils. On the way, I ran into two people who were praying for each other I knew I wanted to join the circle and bless them both. Soon there were five of us praying and blessing each other. Somewhere in the middle of this, Nathalie began to pray for me and somehow I felt the room...