“Leaving his tent to explore……he lost his bearings. In the absence of trees or landmarks, he was compelled to relearn how to navigate in this new place with different rules. “
From exhibit notes at Telfair Museum, Savannah, on installation of Leo Villareal, “Desert of the Real”.
“God is, paradoxically, to be found in the places where God seems the most absent. In precisely these places, God is at work in unexpected and surprising ways, bringing life and hope from death.”
Scott Kershner, Lutheran pastor, quoted in The Christian Century 2/22/12
“To deny oneself is to place Jesus’ priorities, purposes, and path ahead of our own; to take up the cross is to be willing to suffer the consequences of faithful living; to follow him is to travel to unknown destinations that promise to be both dangerous and life-giving.”
I am an Episcopal priest serving as Missioner for Congregational Vitality in the Diocese of Texas and a Benedictine Oblate of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana. I'm also an eighth generation Texan. My daughter, The Homesick Texan, has moved back home to Texas. My son and his wife live in Bend, Oregon, with my two grandsons who call me Grandma Texas.
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