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Farewell Picturing God

June 16, 2017

Since 2010, Picturing God: Faces and Traces of the Divine has shared your photographs that answer the question, “Where did you find God today?” We thank you for your support over the years, but now […]

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Walking on the Beach

June 15, 2017

“A friend came down to visit my husband and me over the weekend, and we did a couple of walks, one in the countryside and one along the beach. Both days were beautifully sunny, and […]

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Afternoon Sky

June 14, 2017

“Half of the picture is the blue sky with white clouds, and half of it is the green leaves and brown branches. How wonderful it is to witness the tree and clouds, which are far […]

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California Wildflowers

June 13, 2017

“I found God walking among the California wildflowers, grateful I was able to see the poppies open in the warm sunshine.” Submitted by J.Lang.

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Montego Bay

June 12, 2017

“I listened to God here, where I found him sharing his love with the creation of a lagoon that takes your thoughts out to the horizon. This place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where life is […]

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  • Simply Advent: Simple Practices
    By Vinita Hampton Wright We continue trying to keep things simple this Advent with suggestions for simple practices this season. Linger with the Nativity Story This seems simple enough, but why not be quite intentional about taking in, once more, the story of Jesus’ birth? Read it in Scripture. Read a children’s book version of […]
  • How Do We Wait?
    By Marina McCoy Advent is a time of awaiting the Lord. But there are many ways in which we can wait. Zechariah awaited the fulfillment of the angel’s words with confusion and doubt. Yet the Lord delivered on his promise. Elizabeth awaited expectantly and greeted Mary with hope. And the infant leapt in her womb. […]
  • Men and Women of Hope
    By Cara Callbeck It seems like most of us have a friend or family member who, despite having lousy luck at times, is nearly always smiling and is constantly giving of him or herself, even when he or she is the one who could really use a little help. I am blessed to count a […]
  • Simply Advent: Simple Encouragements
    By Vinita Hampton Wright This week, plan to make a single phone call. Just one call, to one person you care about. The purpose? To express your appreciation and concern. The person you call could be a family member, someone from church, a person in your neighborhood, a coworker, a friend you don’t see often […]
  • Hope Opens New Horizons
    By Rebecca Ruiz On December 7, 2016, Pope Francis began a catechetical series on Christian hope. He opened with the following words: It is very important, because hope never disappoints. Optimism disappoints, but hope does not! We have such need, in these times which appear dark, in which we sometimes feel disoriented at the evil […]
  • Waiting Well
    By Cindy Ristroph “For you, O Lord, my soul in stillness waits; truly my hope is in you.” —Marty Haugen, “My Soul in Stillness Waits,” based on Psalm 62 Tick…tick….tick… Won’t we ever get out of here? How long until my order arrives? When will he come home? When is the baby due? Will this […]
  • Simply Advent: Simple Prayers
    By Vinita Hampton Wright This Advent, I want to help you keep things simple. Each week I’ll share ideas for simple prayers, encouragements, practices, and celebrations. Today, as we anticipate the start of Advent this weekend, I offer suggestions for simple Advent prayers. Prayer Bowl Choose a bowl, basket, or box that you can set […]
  • Taking Advent Seriously
    By Jim Manney Advent begins on December 3, 2017. Years ago, I gave up on Advent. It was hard to maintain the Advent frame of mind (quiet longing for the coming of Christ) in the midst of the Christmas tumult, which seems to get started around Columbus Day. I remember listening to a priest one […]
  • Prayer While Grieving
    By Becky Eldredge Praying during a season of loss can be hard. When I think of my own seasons of loss or of listening to others’ prayer during their seasons of grief, I can think of multiple descriptions of prayer that sounded something like: I cannot even sit down to pray, because my mind races […]
  • God’s Grace and Our Efforts
    By Vinita Hampton Wright I have watched myself and other people swing back and forth between two extremes of expectation when it comes to spiritual growth. One expectation is that God will do everything if only I have faith and wait patiently. This view goes out of balance when, in my waiting and believing, I […]