Ash Wednesday Petitions

Creator God,  we who stand before you are dust,    and to dust we shall return. But you have breathed into our lips your Holy Breath, so we are also … yours. Help us this Lent to come alive to your Spirit within us. Break down the walls around our souls with which we shut out […]

The Healing Power of Dogs and Our Prayer in the Press

Louisville, my team, was on the floor, locked in an epic battle with Michigan for the NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship. It was a glorious struggle, but the competition was so keen that, by halftime, my heart was racing.

            I was, after all, in the middle of my own dramatic struggle against the powers of […]

Weather Calls for Glass-Half-Full Thinking

 

 

They say some people are “glass half full” people and others are “glass half empty.” I’m more inclined to think as Martin Luther of old who said we are all simultaneously saints and sinners. I know I have the capacity at any given time to get the joy out of a dismal day or mine the dismal out […]

Prayerfully Gathering with Spot

February 2, 2012

                As an apprentice sheepdog, Spot has had a tumultuous work history. With the help of the insights from three of the very best sheepdog trainers in the world, Bobby Dalziel, Aled Owen and Gordon Watt, I have understood that I taught him well to bite sheep. I trained him on sheep that […]

First Blessing of the Animals Goes Well

On the afternoon of September 25 Heatherhope Farm hosted its first Blessing of the Animals—an event we hope to host annually.

We purposely did not advertise this event too widely so that we could keep the numbers small and feel our way into the best possible way of doing things. A dozen people showed up, bringing […]

Surviving The Blizzard of 2011 (With God's Help)

God protects us in storms and blizzards through the help of neighbors and government public servants. Thanks be to […]

Devotion Used for Meet and Greet the Lambs

The people gathered for the Meet and Greet the Lambs Day at Heatherhope joined in this […]

Be Ye Not Anxious (or Hysterical)

Contemplate the birds and the flowers of the field and do not surrender to the hysteria that fills our […]

Introduction to Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative prayer is a form of prayer that opens the mind and heart to rest in God’s presence and listen to God rather than ask God to listen to us. A major assumption for experiencing this way of praying is that God is always present and is actively inviting us to live fully with the Holy Spirit’s leading. […]

Fortify Me Lord–A Holy Saturday Prayer

Fortify me Lord. Keep me from sloppy living that cheapens your […]