Author: John Kiemele

  I offered an invitation to some Selah companions to reflect on the phrase “inner freedom” and then lend their voice to these reflections for our consideration and encouragement.  Here is a reflection from Merrie Carson:    As a dispersed community of contemplative companions, we share a...

Dear Companions and friends, It happened yet again really far too often for my liking strong winds, over-saturating rains, fallen limbs, broken trunks or perhaps something totally unrelated but in a blink, never a warning just one click and it’s dark all light taken uninvited stillness instantly my world feels shuttered and vulnerable lonely my mind...

Dear Companions and friends, From my home office, I can see the Sound.  This morning during my quiet pause with Jesus, I glanced toward the water where I saw three boats: a tug, a speed and a sail.  The tug was towing two over-filled freight barges,...

Dear Companions and friends, It’s dry.  Brittle, crunching, flammable dry. It’s serious dry.  It’s dangerous dry. A few months ago we scratched our heads as those desperate for rainfall watched neighbors a few states over try to navigate and survive torrential flooding.  Dark, promising clouds gather and yet...

Dear Companions, “We haven’t been this way before!” This past week I noticed that expression emerge in several conversations: A friend describing a camel ride during a once-in-a-lifetime trip Someone mourning the loss of a life partner and all their once-clad dreams (actually this past week there were three...

Dear Companions and friends, Between teaching engagements and various travels, somehow for me May - full and active May - swept right into June…and I hear myself saying, “Now I can slow down.”  Really?  Will I?  Do I even want to?  Isn’t living fast and overfull...

Dear Companions and friends, My spiritual director used the phrase, “Spring’s insistence.” That caught my attention. That invited me to pause. Despite Winter’s futile forays, change is urgently budding here in every direction, in every color.  Heralded by robin’s morning song, Spring’s advance is resolute.  Persistent.  Steady.  Relentless.  Zestful. Hmmm…seems...

Dear Companions and friends, I had an appointment at a downtown office, parked the car and was crossing the street when something caught my attention:  a woman was leading a llama down the street.  This is not a regular occurrence where I live so of course...

Dear Companions and friends, I am reminded the companionship of Jesus springs, not from obligation or requirement, but from interest. Jesus is interested in being with me. That creates a wide pause for me. Somehow that feels important for me to recognize and ponder. Offering presence and interaction from obligation...