The purpose of this website is to draw people together and to contemplate life from a different, new, or renewed perspective. Through words and other art forms, it is my hope we can all see life as the sacred gift it is, and our roles in it as the sacred callings they are. Grounded in my own experiences, and using whatever gifts and talents I've been given, my hope is this web site will point participants beyond what I have to offer and to the opportunities and insights they have and ultimately to the source of all that matters.
I believe we are beloved creations, children of a power greater than ourselves, and are marvelously made. Yes, we have gifts and talents, but we also have weaknesses and limitations. We have successes and achievements which satisfy and delight us, just as we have mistakes and failures which embarrass and disappoint us. My deep hope is that, together, we can learn to accept all that we are and see how our experiences can benefit others. Like the man dying of thirst who dug a well and ended up providing water for others, or the woman who carried a candle into the darkness and ended up illuminating the way for others, this web site is a joint effort. It needs us both.
The first step is to subscribe to Brushstrokes, weekly meditations that will keep us connected. Then, as you feel inclined, explore other elements of this web site and share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Together, this journey can become more than we can imagine.
The name for the web site comes from my experience and my belief that spirituality is not for a chosen few. We are all called to be ministers of one kind or another, people set apart for sacred purposes, and some do so in official capacities, others in unofficial. The world or the church might suggest there is a hierarchy of service, but I do not believe that. I don't believe God sees it that way either. We are all adopted children, collar or no collar, endowed with the mandate to go into all the world and preach the good news. This web site is my attempt to do my part. I don't claim to have all the answers, or exclusive rights to the truth, but it does offer a chance to explore questions and develop our capacity to wonder.
I invite you to come along on this journey as we stumble in the right direction.