The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Quilt Top, Crazy pattern

Need more beauty? Visit metmuseum.com and explore the hundreds of pieces they have available to view on-line. It won’t compare to wandering around the museum, itself, but on a rainy day, it will do. The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Quilt Top, Crazy pattern. If you click on the above link, and then choose the…

Soul Beauty

In a world where too much ugliness happens every day–much of it on the internet for millions of eyes to see–let’s take a moment and celebrate how one young woman has transformed a moment of ugliness into one of beauty. It all started when this photo, taken without the subject’s knowledge, was posted on a…

Ask the Questions

When I think back to those days of following Jesus, there are plenty of things I wish we disciples had done differently. I wish we had paid more attention to the stories Jesus told. I wish we’d spent less time bickering and more time learning. Most of all, I wish we’d asked more questions. We…

Who Am I?

Starting in my second year of seminary, our school faced a series of losses and tragedies. A recent graduate died a sudden death. Two active students were diagnosed with terminal cancer—one of them had just gotten engaged. One student being treated for clinical depression killed himself. A professor in his 50s died of a brain…

Dealing with Disappointment

Have you ever felt disappointed in Jesus? I have to admit, that’s my first reaction to today’s passage. Disappointment first that Jesus turns down a desperate mother’s plea for help, and disappointment because his reason seems so flimsy and bigoted. “No, I can’t help you—gotta feed the children before the dogs.” It seems that because…