the Facts


Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts.


Created by love 

I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love.


A Network for Grateful Living

The baffled mind


“There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say “It is yet more difficult than you thought.” This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”― Wendell Berry

a special thank you to the Rev. Brian Cole

Image – Un-Splash

We have what we need (a timely repost)

Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here. –

Wendell Berry

So much of this world is in turmoil. Both far away and very near. Take care not to let it consume you. Along with turmoil there can be a far-reaching sense of scarcity. There are those who have more than they could ever need and others who have nothing. The images before us are scary and often heart-breaking.

We have little ‘control’ over the BIG picture. But in  the streets where we live, there we can make a difference. There we can help transform the fear of scarcity into the peace of abundance. As we live in faith – knowing that ‘what we need is here’, may seeds of hope be planted.