john Kiemele

Reflections from John Kiemele

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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...

As a dispersed community named Selah, we intentionally use the word companion.  A companion is one with whom (“com”) I share or break bread (“pan”) with the implication being for the sake of relationship.  I really like that; I connect to that.  As the son...

Dear Companions and friends, If you have attended an event I facilitated, you likely have been invited to share one of my favorite closing blessings: “Let’s stand together in a circle and join hands, left palm up and right palm down.”  The concentration and adjustment of the...

Dear Companions and friends, The early days of 2015 found me lying low…quite low as I battled a nasty microscopic virus (i.e., flu).  Here I was flat on my back with diminished capacities to say the least, remembering never to underestimate the power of a virus. Amazing...