Journal

Author: Karla Petty

Hope on Election Day? Yes.

The deep Monday morning sigh when the alarm goes off too early after a night of poor sleep is perhaps the best parallel to describe how I feel as an American facing theNovember 8 election.  I am resigned to what is facing me and will get up and move forward, but am in...

The Trouble with Silence

In kindergarten music class, I remember my teacher running an experiment with us.  She had us sit in silence for a full minute. No talking, no moving. Then immediately after she gave us another full minute where we could talk or be silly. Guess which minute seemed...

Let All Things Their Creator Bless

“Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.” Hosea 2:14 “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you…” Deut. 31:8 I’ve never known the truth of those words more intimately than over the 5 days I...

Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms

I’m tempted to say that there is nothing more important that you could be doing with the next 20 minutes of your life than watching this 20 minute documentary of a conversation between Eugene Peterson and U2’s frontman Bono on the Psalms.  This is very...

A Song of Spring

The coming of spring inspires line after line of verse, note after note of melody, and with very good reason. This year, winter seems reluctant to release its icy grip on the Washington Area and the Shenandoah Valley (which the Montgomery County Police have coped with...

There is a Balm in Gilead

In anticipation of the Corhaven Graveyard’s Dedication on April 30th, and in commemoration of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968, I wanted to share this beautiful traditional African American spiritual with our audiences.  Listen, for...

Blizzard Preparations and a Celtic Lent

With the storm coming, it’s natural to think about seasonal preparation.  The news is crowded with images of hardware stores sold out of shovels and salt, and empty grocery store shelves where milk and bread used to be. No one wants to be caught in a storm unprepared....

Consecrating Your Pain at Christmas

The song “Sleigh Ride” is lost on me this year.  It has turned into the aural equivalent of eating sawdust.  Originally an instrumental, lyrics were added by someone else two years after the composer finished the score in 1948, just three years after the end of World...

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