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Showing posts from January, 2012

Of learner's permits, and that helpless, misty, melancholic feeling that life is going faster than you are...

So, earlier this week, I was driving my daughter Elizabeth somewhere, and while stopped at a red light, she says, out of the blue, “Dad, when did you say you’d start teaching me how to drive?” “Well, what I did with your brothers was start driving in big empty parking lots the summer before they got their learner’s permit so you get the feel of the car…you’re not allowed out on the roads until you have your learner’s permit.” “So we can do that this summer?” “No.” “Why not?” “Because it won’t be until the summer before you turn 15 ½.” “Uh…Dad?” I turned over to look at her, and of course it hit me: she will be 15 ½ this November. It was one of t ho se moments every parent must have, the sudden realization that your little girl, who just yesterday was twirling around in dress-up clothes, dancing with a toy doll, scooting around in her brother’s Big Wheel, is now a young lady nosing around   her mother’s closet for real clothes, danc

Doritos, and Veggie Trays

This week, I was invited to give the opening presentation at a three-day "Gathering of Leaders" conference for about 45 Episcopal clergy from around the country. The conference theme was "Hope-filled, fear-less leadership for a missionary church." My task was to set the tone: how can we counteract the prevailing wind of fear in our culture, and be people of hope instead? My talk started out by observing that, even with all the possibilities and blessings and riches of our country, and of the Episcopal Church, there's a spirit of fear . And that the antidote to fear is hope . Not a vague hope, but hope in what God has done, is doing, and will do in our lives. Part of what the conference (and the movement called Gathering of Leaders in general) is called to do is inspire and develop hopefulness. Hope-full-ness. So that was the theme. That was my task. "How to talk about it?" I wondered over the week or so before giving the talk.


It’s Epiphany, time for our parish's annual custom of "the Burning of the Greens" bonfire, and eating  “S’mores.” S’mores:   The term comes from the fact that when people have their first taste of that wonderful combination of graham cracker, chocolate and toasted marshmallow, they ask for “some more”!     Which gets me to thinking. I hereby pronounce a prophetic word over you.   That’s you, the person reading this, and also “you-plural” (ya’ll), the faith community.  Here’s the prophetic word: That 2012 is going to be a “S’more” year . This year will bring s’more God-reality into your life. This year will bring s’more power into your daily prayer (or s’more prayer into your daily routine).   This year will bring s’more wonder into your daily routine as you discover s’more evidence of God in it. This year will bring s’more money to you (or s’more God-given ability to make s’more money) as you discover the delight in giving s’more of your money away