A blessing for spring

In his second letter to the Corinthians the Apostle Paul blesses his readers with these words, “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that youContinue reading “A blessing for spring”

The story of the sower

Spring has me thinking of the story of the sower. This image illustrates the story from a variety of cultural perspectives. For those unfamiliar with the story, the Gospel of Mark retells it like this: Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he gotContinue reading “The story of the sower”

New Beginnings in Christian Art

In all cultural traditions, the world over, spring is a time of new beginnings. In the southern hemisphere, however, spring is half a year away from the international festival we know as Easter. So this spring I am going to feature something different: Christian art that celebrates the beginning of the public life of Jesus. ToContinue reading “New Beginnings in Christian Art”

Celebrating spring with Julian of Norwich

Be a gardener. Dig a ditch, toil and sweat, and turn the earth upside down and seek the deepness and water the plants in time. Continue this labor and make sweet floods to run and noble and abundant fruits to spring. Take this food and drink and carry it to God as your true worship.Continue reading “Celebrating spring with Julian of Norwich”

Holy Thursday by William Blake

Songs of Experience: Holy Thursday Is this a holy thing to see, In a rich and fruitful land, Babes reduced to misery, Fed with cold and usurous hand? Is that trembling cry a song! Can it be a song of joy? And so many children poor, It is a land of poverty! And their sunContinue reading “Holy Thursday by William Blake”