As we turn from despair toward our own deep longings for humane completions, as we kindle ever keener yearnings to know God’s glory poured out, to know flesh shall embody divine motion together, as we turn, rounding corners into new decisions for and toward our collective future, perhaps in the turning itself, flesh shall shout out the wild and lovely colors of a new season, and the beauty of God shall be revealed.
Elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, many in the country are celebrating, Danica Roem’s success as the first openly transgender person elected to state legislature. The icing on the cake is that the opposing candidate is GOP incumbent, Robert G. Marshall, who once called himself, Virginia’s “chief homophobe.” It should also be noted that Marshall introduced an anti-transgender bathroom bill that never made it out of committee and consistently misgendered Roem, intentionally referring to her with male pronouns. In her victory speech, rather than overflowing on her accomplishments, Roem offered these words of encouragement: “To every person who’s ever...
Paying attention is a spiritual practice. Spiritual practices deepen our attentiveness to moments of wonder, encounters with truth, invitations into awe. Spiritual practices draw our attention to thin spaces where holiness and ordinariness mingle, inseparable, entangled. In the daily moments and real encounters of our ordinary lives, the Divine draws near and comes to dwell. Right in the midst and mess of it all. Deep calls to deep, and Word becomes flesh and flesh invites Spirit and Spirit spits truth and truth reveals the tender ache of enfleshed life. Incarnation. God incarnate. Love incarnate. Divinity enfleshed. Are you paying attention?...