Holy Reverie Blog

The Eternal Call

One of my all-time favorite books is a slim little volume by Parker Palmer called Let Your life Speak. Far from a how-to book, it’s a reflection of the author’s quest to discover his vocation. On page 2 he admits to moments when “the life I am living is not the same as the life that wants to live in me.” This awareness became for Palmer the doorway into the deep questions of his life’s meaning and purpose. I’ve purchased at least a dozen copies of Let... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 1 comments
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Living in the presence of God

The water is bluer than the sky, and the sand looks as if it has been dusted with snow. It’s late winter and the living is easy in southwest Florida. How lucky we are to be spending a few days in Naples, Florida. The plan is that this bit of R & R will get me ready for Lent at Calvary! All I can say is “so far, so good!” But my thoughts this morning are with you back at Calvary. Yesterday I preached a sermon based on a portion of Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount.... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 2 comments
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Something old becomes something new

by Kristin Lensch, Organist-Choirmaster This Friday night, Calvary’s nave becomes a concert hall. The 79 ranks and 4590 pipes of the organ become a symphony orchestra. The Great Hall becomes a grand reception hall. Something old becomes something new. Going to an organ recital can be quite novel, in fact! I would be a wealthy church musician if I had “a Hamilton” for every time I heard the words, “I had no idea it would be so fascinating!” If you’ve... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | 2 comments
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Longing for light

The night sky has always fascinated me. I remember as a child lying down in the grass with my dad in the backyard waiting for the evening star to appear. On a clear evening, the sky would turn the loveliest deep cobalt blue. It looked like velvet and the emerging stars like diamonds. It was beautiful, yes, but not just that. The night sky was for me an invitation to enter a great mystery. A mystery I could not fathom but knew intuitively was safe and utterly trustworthy. I had no language... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 2 comments
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Being a Christian Is not business as usual

Many of you share my deep appreciation for Richard Rohr, the Franciscan friar and teacher. We love him for the simplicity of his writing, the expansiveness of his claims about God’s love, and the hope he gives us in our faith journeys, evidenced in quotes such as this one: Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change . But there is another side to his message, honesty that is not always easy to hear. Just after the... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 0 comments
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An Unexpected Vision

One day I got a phone call from James, the man who mowed my yard. He asked if he could come by the office to see me. I said, “Sure.” After I had hung up the phone, it occurred to me that I must have forgotten to pay him the last time he mowed. James came by, and I reached for my pocketbook. He said, “Paul, put that away. You’re up to date with me. I want to talk to you about something else.” James shared with me that God had planted a vision in his heart. He... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 2 comments
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Opening our eyes

At five in the morning one cold August day I found myself boarding a bus with approximately forty people I had never met, aside from a few quick introductions at a cookout the night before. For most of us, it was the first official activity of our seminary career, the others were either faculty or seminarians further along their journey towards ordination. Most people fell asleep shortly after we got underway but the seminarian next to me wanted to say morning prayer and I obliged to the best... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 0 comments
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The Journey

Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry, hold not your peace at my tears. For I am a sojourner with you, a wayfarer as all my forebears were.  —Psalm 39:13-14 Several summers ago some friends and I visited the Grand Canyon. One of our group suggested we get up early to watch the sun rise and then hike to the bottom of the canyon in the cool of the day. According to his calculations we should be back by noon. We thought it a great idea and gathered at the Bright Angel... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, January 4, 2017 | 1 comments
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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, dear Calvary Friends! Christmas is a season, not just a day. We are in the midst of the deeply, yet differently, wonderful 12 days of Christmas. The tinsel is crooked, and the tree has seen a better day. The only gifts left wrapped are for people whom we have not yet seen during the holidays. The holiday candies are picked over and crumbly. Most gifts that needed to be changed for a different size or a color that actually works have been returned and replaced. And, something... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, December 21, 2016 | 1 comments
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It’s never too late to be who you always were

A writer is quoted as saying, “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” That would seem to apply to Elizabeth, the woman in advanced years who at long last realized her dream of giving birth to a son, John the Baptist. I was struck by the depiction of her face in the statue of her meeting Mary at her home in Ein Karem near Jerusalem. There were dark circles around her eyes. There was a deep sense of character chiseled into her face. There was a knowing quality in... Read More
Posted by Robyn Maudlin at Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | 2 comments
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