Sent to you with Love

Return to the Lake August 1, 2020


Dear Friends – This amazing prayer comes through the ministry of Mercy by the Sea in Madison, CT. It is sent to you, with love, on this day. Through their newsletter, online and in-person programs and retreats, MBTS offers consistent and beautiful reminders of the many faces of the Divine, each a doorway into Love. Let us join our hearts in prayer, friends, “there is yet beauty in this scarred, strident world.” Let us be that beauty for each other and for all of our hurting brothers and sisters. May it be so – Lisa

There is Yet Love – Ted Loder
O God of stunning surprises and uncanny support,
your foolishness is our hope,
your lavishness our sustenance,
your toughness our encouragement,
your gentleness our ease and re-creation,
your gifts within gifts within gifts our awe and joy.

Even as we pray, deepen us in the ways of gratitude,
of alertness, awareness, imagination, discernment,
not to celebrate fantasies
but to see what is profoundly real:
blessings so close and constant
we scarcely notice or name them as such.
Now before you, with you, we would so see and thank you.

There is yet beauty in this strident, scarred world,
for we have heard strains of it, seen splashes of it,
felt the shock and power, draw and renewal of it,
and been quickened for a time,
even jolted to add a jot and whit
to creating a new, brighter world.
We thank you and ask for keener ears,
sharper eyes, bolder minds, stronger voices.

There is yet love in this violent world,
for we have experienced it undeservedly,
even risked it in moments that claim us,
and been changed by it little by little.
We thank you for it and ask for larger hearts,
wider reach, more daring spirits, more permeable time,
more generous intentions, more inclusive communities.

It’s Not “Just a Number”


  Dear Friends, I never understood what people were referring to when they offer this platitude on the subject of age. “It’s just a number,” they would say and I would wonder, “Yeah, but it’s still the number of years I’ve been alive, right? …

July 30, 2020

Dear God, Please Bless America


Dear Friends,                                                                                     …

July 3, 2020

“The Mountain is Out”


  Dear Friends, My heart aches. Oh, it’s been a glorious June in New England, the temperature has warmed up, roses are lush – birds are happy, and so am I. At the same time, my heart aches as I experience the serious divide…

June 26, 2020

The Web of Loss, The Web of Hope


Dear Friends, My work in grief ministry has given me the opportunity to observe very personal, and at the same time, “universal” responses to loss. And into that mix, I bring my own unique experiences of loss. One thing that is painfully clear, losses…

May 30, 2020

Living Inside of Change


    “So on this meaningful morn, we mourn and we mend.                                                        Like light, we can’t be…

May 19, 2020

Pondering Hope in a Time of Loss


Dear Friends, I share here a recent blog that I wrote for Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center. We are working together to create an afternoon of connection and healing, and you are invited.  Details follow for our live, virtual gathering on…

May 6, 2020

Everything is Harder than It Used to Be


Dear Friends,                                                  The finches’ yellowness increase day by day. Their morning visit to the silo of seeds is filled with…

April 22, 2020

I Am Enough


  “This is preeminently a time to tell the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly….Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.”      Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Inauguration Address, March 4, 1933 Dear Friends, I heard these words from…

March 22, 2020

Remembering my Dad



March 2, 2020