I offer spiritual direction to those seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, writings for meditation, guided meditations and more. I trained as a spiritual director at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, and have been privileged, grateful and touched deeply to accompany others as they deepen their spiritual lives.

The consuming interest in my life has been the Life of the Spirit — how do we all live a life dedicated in all things to God?

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Aug 13, 2018

We need more than forgiveness…

So much of Christian teaching is about the need for the forgiveness of sins, as if that constitutes the whole of Jesus’s teachings and actions during His ministry.[1] I am not saying that we don’t need forgiveness of sins; we need not only to own what we have done and said, but we need to […]

Aug 06, 2018

Confession

  “We can only be saved if we confess our sins” read the sign on the Trinity Baptist Church in Nebo NC. And I would add, to confess our sins is the first step towards a redemptive relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a very healing first step, but nonetheless not the end of the […]

Jul 30, 2018

Suffering and the Wilderness

  Life can throw us curve balls. Suffering can come upon us suddenly. We can lose our job. Get sick. A dear one can die. A hurricane can destroy all that we own. And more. With each time of suffering we are thrown into the wilderness, into a place of transition and seeming danger where […]

” What you are is God’s gift to you;
What you make of yourself is your gift to God. “

Exodus: Our Story, Too! weaves together the trials of the Israelites in the wilderness between Egypt and Canaan with the stages of the classical spiritual journey: Awakening, Purgation, Illumination and Union. To read this story is to see where each of us is on this journey and what we have left to do to enter the kingdom of God. The longest part of the journey is purgation, the giving up of our rebellious nature, the owning of all that we are, all that we have said and done and what was done to us, the releasing of our own world-centered views of how our lives should go in favor of loving God, of following Him wherever He would take us and finally entering into a full partnership with God in our lives. Then we live out our lives as we were created to be, living fully, purposefully and in peace.

Over the Christian centuries the teaching about the kingdom of God has followed a pretty narrow pattern. The kingdom was heaven where believers in Jesus as the son of God, if they had been true to the letter of the law, would go after they died. This interpretation has ignored much of what Jesus said about the kingdom in His parables and teachings and focused on us being “letter-of-the-law” people. But Jesus was about the Spirit of the Law, that is following the essence of the law in every situation, not being sure to cross every “I” and dot every “t.”

These ten guided meditations evoke rich and powerful images in the person who takes the time to use them to connect to his/her deepest self, the place where we connect with God at the most profound level.The Life of the Spirit requires stepping out of the beliefs you hold about God into a life lived in, with and for God. The beliefs are a gateway into that life, but must not be mistaken for it. The Holy Spirit wants to take your hand and lead you where your own unique design of talents and weakness imply you should go. Unhampered by your fears and conditioning which say that you can only go this far and no further, the Spirit loves to challenge and transform you into the person you were created to be.