This blog has lived up to its given name. It sits out there like a cactus, staying alive when it doesn’t rain for months. Every few months I get a surge of energy and water it, and like a Christmas cactus, it blooms in season. I am always surprised when I check in a few months later and find a steady 30 or 40 hits a day on my old entries- along with spam comments selling knock-off Coach bags and Viagra. Despite my inconsistencies, it just doesn’t die.
It feels like a sign of grace to discover Blooming Cactus surviving somewhere out there in The Cloud of cyberspace, whether I am being creative, energized and faithful… or not! Since grace received is grace to be shared, I feel led by the Spirit to continue weekly blogging. I’m going to change up the format a bit, focusing less on getting out a sermon early enough to be useful to others. While I will still offer weekly lectionary reflections, my purpose here is to provide a probing, joyful, passionate and sometimes scattered and messy journal of a preacher’s weekly journey. For me, my purpose is accountability to my call to preach. Ironically, that means this will be a blog about Spirit-led listening to my life and discerning the signs of the times. Preaching is like telling fishing stories, a 15- minute distillation of hours by the water, listening for God. For you, I hope it will be a source of ideas, comfort, challenge and laughter.
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