when i look out of the corner of my window

there is the apple-tree. full in her burden of apples. there are two spruces, all untamed and aiming at heaven. there are the little birds singing ultrasound in the apple-tree. and there are trams and too many cars, like a neverending river, roaring beneath and above all that. i am sad for the apple-tree, for…

a little bit about birds and gardens

this is a translation from “Dīvainā karaļvalsts” (The strange kingdom) by J. Rubenis. i kinda found it a little bit inspiring. especially the bird part. PUTNU SARUNA Reiz divi putni pils dārzā savā starpā sarunājās. “Bruņinieks saprot putnu valodu un ir nelaimīgs, jo viņš arī grib būt putns,” teica viens. “Vērojot putnus, viņš ir iemācījies…

sunday, march eleven

this was a glorious, epic, spectacular fail day. no, not fail. FAIL. thus: in order to be in time for the church event, i put up 3 alarms: 6.30, 7.00, 7.30. i woke up at 8.30, and someone had pressed all the alarms without me even as much as remembering getting up and catching the…

totally un-academically

and then i suddenly realised that i have seen the place in my dreams. the czestochowa basilica. sometime i will try to write it up – for now let it be enough to remember i have seen it in my dreams. and what i think now is – i want to rest at the feet…

digging

digging helps. there are reasons for that, logical and other. i finally get to do something i have considered doing for a few years, but never had the time. i also get to restore something to what it was originally (even if it is just a lot of cobblestones). and also – it is quite…

convergences

when reading the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman, this is what comes to mind: in all societies there are places, and times where people from different cultures meet and have to share the space and time. such places and times can become a point of departure for many things. Jesus meets a woman…

of self-righteousness and proximity of christ

today is not much better than yesterday. today just adds to my nervousness and inability to concentrate. my mother is back in hospital. well, that would be the only good news for this day. yesterday i ran into a heap of the righteous christians. quite unexpectedly, and thus the more damage to my already tired…

ash wednesday

Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and relents from punishing. (Joel 2:12-13) when i…

the mountaintop experience

almost sermon layout for the following places first, the ascent. then, the waiting. then, the vision. after that, the meeting. then, the rules. then, the descent. then, the treason. after that, the adherence to the rules. then, the plodding on.

god is the tool-kit to repair a broken world

If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy…

God the fletcher

Listen to me, all you in distant lands! Pay attention, you who are far away! The Lord called me before my birth; from within the womb he called me by name. He made my words of judgement as sharp as a sword. He has hidden me in the shadow of his hand. I am like…

something about christmas

there are plenty of things to dislike about the season, and one thing that makes it indispensable. the endless hurry and the worries, and consumerism, and the darkness, and the hypocritical postures of the powers that be, the obligatory love and being nice just because it is traditional- all that galls the spirit and the…

when tempting god could have been the right thing to do

Later, the Lord sent this message to King Ahaz: “Ask the Lord your God for a sign of confirmation, Ahaz. Make it as difficult as you want—as high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead.” But the king refused. “No,” he said, “I will not test the Lord like that.” Then…

the feeling in my bones

i am trying to write this in the hope that i will write the feeling off. it sometimes happens. maybe this will allow me to clarify – or at least name – the images and notions, so that a rational decision could be reached. i call it the feeling in my bones. because this is…

in god’s potter shed

thinking of the sunday’s sermon i came up with this outline: in jer. 18:1-11, jeremiah is referred to potter for an object lesson. potter’s shed clay mixture (god’s folk) – has to be worked and prepared before making pots – needs clay (faith) – needs water (prayer) – needs sand (hope) – needs crumbs of…

fight

in the light of the past days, i have been thinking. so, can one ‘fight for christian values’ at all? because, you see, if one has to fight for sth, does it really exist? like freedom – or equality – or whatever the french revolution tried to achieve? the very act of fighting, of destroying…

harvesters

(Luke 10 1-10) jesus sends his followers out on a harvest mission. there are a number of things to observe here. first, the sender. it is the lord, the owner of the harvest. god sees the souls ready to join his kingdom, and he sees the people who can bring them there. so he adds…

when you complain, are you sure you are completely right?

in the martha, mary and jesus story (lk. 10:38-41), we see three main sides and quite a few side-sides. first: martha. she is so busy with how to make things proper. so upset about not meeting the high standards she has set for herself and her environment. so concentrated on what has to be done…

of sins against faith and morality

at times, i fail to understand. my brain is too simple, too even, too illogical. consider this: the holy see (maybe didn’t) published the Modifications made in the Normae de gravioribus delictis on 15 july 2010. the said modifications were adopted in may 2010, in response to multiple accusations and court cases involving paedophile priests.…

saulainus un panākumiem bagātus kapu svētkus

ir pienācis jūlijs – un pāri latvijai aizviļņo lokāli un pārvalstiski mirušo piemiņas brīži – kapu svētki. kapi ir kļuvuši par ‘īstenā latvieša’ templi, pārdomu vietu un lepnuma objektu. uz kapiem vairākas reizes gadā ‘labi audzinātais’, kulturālais ikdienas latvietis dodas atrādīties pats un citus apskatīt: kam kāda mašīna, uzvalks, bērni, piemineklis, soliņš, dzīvžogs, mirte vai…

then

i suddenly appreciate the necessity of a brief sermon. the longer, the messier. Posted by Wordmobi