Creation’s Sacrifice Gives Testimony to God

When I go into my backyard sanctuary I carry with me the joys and concerns encountered in the world around me. I am not cut off from them but actually, become more aware of their impact on my life and my interconnectedness with all that buzzes in and around my world. When I plunge my hands into the earth I’m reminded of my connectedness to all creation. God formed me from the richness of the soil and breathed life into me. Like all creation, I am alive and sustained only by the grace of God.

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Balancing Lent

We are created in God’s image, not separate, but as community, a compliment, one to another. Balance is really at the heart of Lent and Easter. God desires harmony, a dwelling together in peace and unity. Lent provides us the opportunity to explore what is out of balance in our lives.Where are the fragmented and broken pieces and how did they get that way?

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Shine into the Dark Crevices of My Soul

It continually amazes me that the Creator of the entire universe, of all things visible and invisible, cares so deeply for each tiny element. God beckons us into relationship, into healing, into wholeness, and then invites us to join hands with the Almighty to bring healing to the whole creation.

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Lenten Prose

Lenten Rosebreaking through winter’s crusthead bowedfacing earthfertile soilfrom whence you spranghumble beautycalling usto bow our headsrememberingfrom dustwe were createdto dustwe shall return AFWade 2.6.2013 This post was originally featured on Godspace, at that...

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Cultivating Pathways of Shalom – the Outward Journey

As I wrote of in my last post, the fullness of shalom must be both an inward and outward journey. It is both personal and corporate. It would be tempting to separate these two aspects into the personal-inward journey and corporate-outward journey, as if one can exist in isolation of the other. That would be a mistake. There is only one journey and the inward-outward, personal-corporate parts of that journey are so tightly wound together we do injustice to God’s radical shalom by trying to untangle them.

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Caution! Lent Can be Habit Forming

This Lenten season, I invite you to a time of looking more deeply into your life. Instead of listing out your sins, work slowly through the following questions and allow God to reveal the broken areas of your life. These questions are designed to draw out the attitudes and motives that lurk a bit deeper below the surface. Rather than quickly naming off a few obvious sins and moving on, take time to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you into a more comprehensive exploration of your life.

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Cultivating Pathways of Shalom: The Inward Journey

Focusing originally outside myself, I was asking, “What does it mean to create new avenues for God’s shalom to flourish in the home, in the neighborhood, in various encounters and relationships along the way”. When I looked at my yard I realized there were all sorts of barriers to community: pathways locked behind fences, shrubbery blocking access to my yard, and generally a design that made clear what was “mine” and where you could stand.

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Plunging the Depths for Ears to Hear

is name was Bert, a Native American from the Duwamish (The Dkhw’Duw’Absh) tribe whose home was the streets of Seattle. The year was 1980 and I was a bright-eyed nineteen year-old Evangelical sitting across from Bert and his friend, Clyde, all...

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Hospitality on the Streets

Keep on loving each other as family. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt...

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Shal-Home: The House of Peace

e was smiling ear to ear when I opened the door. “What’s up? Why the big smile?” I asked. “I did it!” he replied. “Did what?” I asked. “I overcame my fear of your door!” he said triumphantly. As it turns out, this young man had been coming over to...

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Circling Prayer

Three in one, One in threePerfect community forming us into your likenessCalling us deep within to reflect your goodnessBreathe in us, and through us, your gift of love Encircle your creation with harmonyEncircle tribes and tongues with peaceEncircle communities with...

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New Life

rose hip frozen in time encased in ice like so many unrealized dreams waits patiently for spring’s thaw knowing new life is not far off   AFWade  1/2016This post was originally featured on Godspace, at that time the blog for Mustard Seed Associates where...

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Shalom

Shalom in the light and in the darkness Shalom in fair skies and stormy Shalom when love flows freely And when hate fills the air Together walking toward the One Who is the source of shalom In whom shalom will one day fill the earth AFWade 11/2016

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Prophetic Witness as an Act of Revolutionary Love

omorrow we celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Like all of us, he was a flawed human. And like all of us, filled with the potential to prophetically speak truth to power. We may never speak as eloquently or to as large of crowds, but we...

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