Jesus, James Nayler and Me

Jesus, James Nayer and I have a couple things in common. First, each of us have been called by God to reveal and reflect back God’s nature. Second, we have been tempted. Continue reading


Thanksgiving without Indians

As a parent of a 4th grader, I was asked to decorate a feather to tell my son that I was thankful for him. Each of the other children in the class and their parents were also asked to decorate a feather. The stated purpose of the eventual display was to build community at the school.

The project felt wrong to me, but I didn’t know why. First, I called it inane. Later, I brainstormed ways to decorate a feather that would reveal my disgust. When I missed the feather decoration deadline, I searched more deeply to find the source of my discomfort. Continue reading

Prayer as work

I was lead to retire as soon as I could from my job of serving children with disabilities, to begin a new vocation – praying.

Some would question the utility of prayer as a vocation. What good does it do the world for a worn out old man to sit alone and pray? I have to confess that I don’t know for sure how it helps the world. I don’t know why I was called to this task.

I don’t have to know why. I only have to know that I was.

I had a vision years ago that I was supposed to be a lantern, carrying the Light. A lantern does its work by being invisible, releasing the light within. I was to become less and work to nurture the Light in me. Continue reading