Author: ilzekuplensewart

  • As you write your Christmas cards….

    And whilst pondering the fall of Aleppo……   He takes such small steps To express our longings. Thank you, Schubert.   How many hours Do I sit here Aching to do   What I do not do When, suddenly, He throws a single note   Higher than the others So that I feel The green […]

  • So, what happens next?

    So, what happens next?

    So, what happens next? We’ve had a week to begin to absorb the results of the US elections. Like a stone thrown into the middle of a pond, ripples of concern are moving outward. What will happen around climate change, trade, international relations, basic human rights? The feeling of having been robbed of the promise […]

  • Stupid Phrases for People in Crisis

    Originally posted on MARILYN R. GARDNER:
    God will never give you more than you can handle. While some may believe it is theologically correct, depending on your definitions, it is singularly unhelpful to the person who is neck-deep in a crisis, trying to swim against a Tsunami. A wonderful phrase recently came from Support for…

  • It’s Sunday.

      It’s Sunday. Confession time. I have a confession to make: I haven’t been to church on a Sunday since my sabbatical began on July 10. “And you, a pastor!” I hear you. On the first Sunday I was in the airport waiting for a flight. And for the other Sundays? I have no excuses. […]

  • Einstein’s enduring gifts

    Einstein’s enduring gifts

    E=mc2 We all know the equation, combined with the image of Einstein with wild hair from our college days: posters, T-shirts. But what the heck does it mean, other than that Einstein was undeniably brilliant, and approachably crazy? I wanted to know more. WikiHow (thank you wikiHow: much of what follows is taken word for […]

  • Mid-week Musings

    Mid-week Musings

    A different kind of start to the day. To you from Loretto Maryholme, Georgina, Ontario

  • Don’t say: “I can’t do anything.”

    What to do? Might Abraham’s courageous leadership be a way of freeing up the sense of powerlessness we feel?

  • Room for everyone at the Lord’s Table?

    Some reflections on issues surrounding the debate on the ordination of women in the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church. “Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who have an undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 6:23,24. New Revised […]

  • Vai katram vieta pie Kunga galda?

    Vai katram vieta pie Kunga galda?

    Latvijas Evaņģeliski Luteriskās Baznīcas sinodes balsojums par, vai pret aizliegumu ordinēt sievietes paceļ nopietnus jautājumus.

  • The Fourth Sunday in Advent.

                      There can be times the trees leap out at you, and this isn’t about the impact of today’s ice-storm.  All you see are trees: endless obstacles, in the way, stopping you from seeing beyond what you’re crashing up against.  Does this resonate at all?                   Maybe […]