20 April 2009

some new favorites.

marla hansen.
great lake swimmers.
caroline weeks.
laura gibson.

17 April 2009

let it be me.

15 April 2009

Lord, weaken me continually so that i may always be at your feet in need of your strength.


14 April 2009

a man and his dog.

he left his puppy outside the coffee shop.
no collar. no leash.

a girl explained that she was on the phone when it happened.
the man was there with his dog.
and then he wasn't.

so, naturally, i offered to take the puppy home with me.
i didn't have anything for him, but i would make it work.

come to find out, the owner was inside the coffee shop.

i continued to sit outside with the puppy.
i felt better knowing he wasn't alone.

about an hour later his owner came outside to check on him.

i introduced myself and we started to talk.
i listened to his story and did my best to love him as Christ would have.

he just lost his job.
he is without a home.
and he loves his puppy.

i enjoyed spending time and making a new friend,
but after a while i needed to get back to my studying.
the man continued to follow me around,
and this is when i started to feel uncomfortable.

now, i am at home feeling uneasy and a little worried.

i'm scared that i told him too much about me,
or that he's going to try and follow me around now.

and i hate that.
i wish it could have been as simple as two people sharing in conversation together and that's it.
but now i'm left with an uncomfortable feeling inside,
and i don't want that to be the case.

13 April 2009

is it what's right?
or is it what i want?

should i say something?
or should i be silent?

is it Your will?
or is it just mine?

is this really happening?
or is it just wishful thinking?

some clarification.

"i did not explain or justify my triggers because trigger implies weapons, weapons imply aim, aim implies combat, combat implies engagement. all i wanted was to feel less engaged, less stuck: i wanted to let go, which is so not my strong suit, any more than forgiveness is. i wanted to be a person of peace, who diminishes hurt in the world, instead of perpetrating it."
{anne lamott}

thanks, anne.

your words help me to understand myself just that much more.

09 April 2009

our father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us for our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory
now and forever.

07 April 2009

new favorite.

thanks to last.fm, i've discovered good old war.

lately, i think i've abandoned everything else for folk,
which explains my love for them.

plus, i wouldn't mind marrying the one on the left.

new regulations at St. Francis House.

government regulations have been tightened on feeding the homeless at St. Francis House.
they now only serve 130 meals/day.

kelli brew, a friend at the Catholic Worker House, voiced what is on many of our hearts.

thank you, kelli, for saying what needed to be said.

06 April 2009

lies cannot nourish or protect you.
only freedom from fear,
freedom from lies,
can make us beautiful,
and keep us safe.

and may the free make others free.

of course, some days go better than others.

grace (eventually). anne lamott.

song of the sparrow.

05 April 2009

"for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
ephesians 6:12

04 April 2009

i heart revolution.