Right outside the window

From the Celtic spiritual tradition comes the idea of Áit Caol, a "thin place," where heaven and earth are close together, and the veil between the two becomes translucent, giving us an impression of what it's like on the other side.  Perhaps you've experienced this; a sudden feeling of intensity and connectedness, things feeling a little more real than usual.  A thin place might be a physical location; many people experience this in nature, in the mountains, at a spring or near the ocean, in a sacred building.  Or it might be a moment in…
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Out of Bounds

Today is Easter, also known as the Feast of the Resurrection; the holiest day of the year.  Today we celebrate how God likes to color outside the lines, doing things that are beyond the comprehension of our human minds.  In honor of this, I decided to make a piece of art that was unhindered by the boundaries of a frame.  For those of you who don't get to see my pieces in person, this is the wall on which my art usually hangs at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Longmont, where I have the privilege…
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Doing a new thing

We have just celebrated the great high point of our year, the Feast of Easter.  While the seasonal aisle at the grocery store is full of colored plastic eggs and chocolate bunnies, (now on clearance,) we are pondering the great Mystery; that God has the power to bring life where there is only death. All of us will eventually break free of our bodies, which are crumbling and impermanent.  Part of what happens at Easter is that the Lord shows us the way through that, and reassures us that we can trust Him to take…
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Blooming in the Mud

After the austerity of Lent, Easter is characterized by a lushness and coming-alive-ness that, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, echoes the transformation that is going on outside us as winter gives way to spring.  The rhythm of the liturgical year observed by the church is a reflection of the rhythms and cycles in the natural world, and in our own emotional and spiritual lives, but of course the timing doesn't always line up.  And that's ok!  Sometimes there is a tendency to think that just because it is Spring, or just because it is…
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