Healing meditation, Revised Common Lectionary Text, Trauma, Trauma recovery


Fearless Girl sculpture by Kristen Visbal. For they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid. Mark 6:50 NRSV When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors were locked where the disciples… Continue reading Fear

Faith, Healing, Healing meditation, Liturgy, Trauma, Trauma recovery


In health and human development we often use this term: survive or thrive. An either/or term with an embedded orbit between the two. Teachers, child development specialists, medical doctors, therapists, chaplains, pastors, loved ones, and really most of us want children and all people to move beyond surviving into thriving. Because surviving can be a… Continue reading Flourishing

Grief, Healing meditation, Trauma recovery


https://videopress.com/v/Zt0pdHMC?preloadContent=metadata Psalm 130 "Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.    Lord, hear my voice!Let your ears be attentive    to the voice of my supplications!  If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,    Lord, who could stand?But there is forgiveness with you,    so that you may be revered. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,    and in God’s word I hope;my… Continue reading OUT

Healing meditation, Revised Common Lectionary Text, Trauma, Trauma recovery


https://videopress.com/v/TPIs4H9a?preloadContent=metadata “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;  my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery,  and my bones waste away. I am the scorn of all my adversaries,  a horror to… Continue reading BR O KEN

Healing meditation, Trauma, Trauma recovery


“The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good…God saw everything that [God] had made, and indeed, it was very good…” Genesis 1:12; 31 NRSV Reflection Healing, a form of creation. Re-covering of our… Continue reading Goodness

Advent, Healing meditation, Trauma, Trauma recovery

Advent Mirror

And excerpt from my recent blog post for Faith + Lead. A young woman hurries. Looks ahead, behind. Scans the surrounding hills. Startles as birds squawk overhead. Tightens her cloak. Covers herself with her arms.  Something in her body propels her forward. Away from the unknown. Away from the incomprehensible. Away from what feels like… Continue reading Advent Mirror

Grief, Healing meditation, Trauma, Trauma recovery


“What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end that I should be patient? Is my strength the strength of stones, or is my flesh bronze? In truth I have no help in me, and any resource is driven from me.” Job 6: 11-13 NRSV Reflection Eyes stare. Mouth droops. Limbs… Continue reading Impatient

Grief, Healing, Healing meditation, Trauma, Trauma recovery

One Small Seed

“It (the kingdom of God) is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests… Continue reading One Small Seed

Grief, Healing meditation, Trauma, Trauma recovery


“My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word…My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.” Psalm 119: 25; 28 Reflection Dust. Tiny particles streak air. On sunny, still afternoons. Light reflecting off silvery wisps of nothingness. Dust. Swirls on dry, windy days. Masking sight. Adding brown to… Continue reading Clinging

Healing, Healing meditation, Trauma, Trauma recovery


  “My soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is; so I say, “Gone is my glory, and all that I had hoped for from the LORD.” The thought of my affliction and my homelessness is wormwood and gall! My soul continually thinks of it and is bowed down within me. But… Continue reading Afflicted