Journal

Category: Contemplative Life

What the Trees Said

What the Trees Said

I sojourned to south-central Montana in mid-September.  The break came at the end of an unexpectedly intense seven weeks, and before a seven-week stretch that I knew would be intense, and unexpectedly became much more so.  I needed this time to rest, to immerse myself...
Teatime with Jesus

Teatime with Jesus

A little over three years ago, my life got pulled out from under my feet.  I experienced one loss after another, starting with the sudden death of my father.  One sweet friend asked a few months into this winter season of life how I wasn’t cowering in a corner from...
SOUNDINGS: “God in the Perfect Storm”

SOUNDINGS: “God in the Perfect Storm”

DOWNLOAD THIS REFLECTION >> And when Jesus got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we...
Apart But All Together

Apart But All Together

I experienced the passage of time through a wide variety of tempos these last six months.  March was Allegretto – “moderately fast”.  April through June was Adagio – “slowly with great expression”.  July through August was Andante – at a walking pace.  And now we’re...
Being “Honest to God”

Being “Honest to God”

Recently, in a sermon at The Falls Church Anglican, I finally got the chance to spend some time unpacking quite a few years of thoughts about praying what we’re actually feeling versus what we think we should be feeling.  This is an intense time in our country and in...
A Bikepacking Pilgrimage

A Bikepacking Pilgrimage

by Freddy Adams, 2018 Coracle Fellow Last month I set off for a 10-day cycling adventure.  The first part I did with a friend through the Shenandoah Valley, and the other part I did solo down the Blue Ridge Parkway.  I have had this approximate route on an unofficial...
Beyond Lament and Necessary for Action

Beyond Lament and Necessary for Action

These are remarkably intense days in an unprecedented year for America.  We’ve seen before some of the things we’re living in now, but never all at the same time like this.  One writer draws out “a fascinating breakdown of 2020 and its historical parallels (so far):...
What is Lament?

What is Lament?

What is it to lament? You make a lament when the pain you feel can’t be carried by mere words. You make a lament when you’re so sad about something that you’d rather cry than speak. You make a lament when you’re grieved so deeply that you want to throw-up. You make a...