Changes . . .

Ecclesiastes 3 begins with “There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
I’m feeling that this year. There have been monumental changes in my life and relationships.

Friends have moved on or died, my faith community ties have become more fragmented and strained, after the election of President Obama and local hostility to his presidency. The abrupt dismissal of my lead pastor, a man I know to be seriously smart, talented, and on fire for the Lord sent my expectations tumbling into chaos, as would-be ‘christian’ friends took offense to his activist, inclusive interpretation of discipleship. One day I realized that I could not support their views. I became intolerant of their intolerance. Go figure…

On the positive side, from my viewpoint, a family wedding last June brought some healing and restored relationships between family members long at odds with each other.

I’ve noticed that life evolves around us, whether we are ready or not, whether we want change or resist it. The cycles of life go on in endless rotations without the consent of the living or dead… I can see why some folks settle into a fatalistic attitude. If we can’t control events, why fight the tides, why swim upstream, why resist the inevitable… But some of us, myself included, are born to buck the tide…it’s genetic. Like salmon, we are hardwired to swim against the current of common understanding, and to chart our own course. We’re instruments of change too…

“…So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them to see what will happen after them?…” (Ecclesiastes 3:22)

Attachments . . .

I got up to go to the bathroom. When I came back to bed, both of them had moved into MY spot!


Unlocking the Secrets of Time

creation-clock I listened to an NPR program recently that explored the concept of time, as created life experiences it. For example, time experienced by a hummingbird is different from  time experienced by a turtle. It got me thinking about time as humans understand it, and how that might be different from Time as reported in the Biblical account of Creation.   Continue reading

Family Christmas

Christmas-with-the Nicola Clan-2We’re crammed into this one-from left to right, Annamaria, Joe, Randy, Soko, Megan, Matthew, Parker, Zack, Annie, Maria, and Chris…Judie’s behind the camera!

family-Christmas with the Nicola clanThis time, it’s Soko, Annamaria, Judie, Randy, Megan, Matthew, Parker,  Zack, Annie, Maria, and Chris–Joe’s behind the camera this time.

A Family Wedding Photo

A Family Reunion of Sorts

A Family Reunion of Sorts

When Political & Gospel Beliefs Clash…

Can you remember times in your life when you became aware that what you were doing conflicted seriously with what you believed?

I remember beginning to read the New Testament, thinking I was never going to sin again. I was only a couple of chapters into Matthew when it dawned on me that change was going to take longer than I expected….

I wonder if anyone else out there has a clue just how far off the mark our country’s behaviors are from what we ‘profess and confess’…

 “Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—
I was hungry and you gave me no meal,

I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’

44 “Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’

45 “He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’

46 “Then those ‘goats’ will be herded to their eternal doom, but the ‘sheep’ to their eternal reward.” (Matthew 25:41-46)

Anatomy of a Design Impulse

It was bound to happen… Piece by piece, the areas of my life have been making it into my blog. I started out talking about prayer, but the discussion threads have become as much about the twists and turns of my life’s journey as about intercession. This thread is about my jewelry designs. Continue reading