Wednesday, August 23, 2023


Dear All of Us,

You know, it's just plain good for all of us to be together here today.

                   "This is the day the Lord has made. 

                    Let us rejoice and be glad in it." 

                            Psalm 118:24

Well, this day here in Washington is Monday, time to get go with this week's 

                                     "frankly speaking." 

What say we "have a go" with something new and different.  Let's treat ourselves 

and each other to Potpourri. My Mom and Grandmother had them and they 

made a lovely/lively difference. They were dried flowers, herbs and spices in an 

open dish or in a sachet. They gave off a varied sent of freshness and sometimes 

even putting a punch of spice in the air.

May our Potpourri here be just like that for our souls - a mixture of spiritual 

flowers, herbs and spices. In the days and weeks ahead may they give a gentle, 

vigorous sent of freshness and fragrance to our spiritual lives, with a 

hearty snap of spice to boot.





Instructions for living a life:

         Pay attention.

         Be astonished.

         Tell about it.

          Mary Olliver

Dost thou reckon thyself only a puny form

When within thee the universe is folded?

                 Imam Ali

The ultimate work of civilization 

is the unfolding of ever-deeper

spiritual understanding.

          Arnold Toynbee

Death is not 

extinguishing the light;

it is putting out the lamp

because dawn has come.

 Rabindranath Tagore

You don't have a soul.

You are a soul.

You have a body.


(One who really knows!)

We are God branching out.

   "I am the vine.

    You are the branches."


        John 15:5


God wants to happen as us.

God is infinitely beyond our comprehension

and immediate in us and our experience.

Our real life is inward and intimate.

Our real life is outward and unitive.

God in us reaches out 

to God in all that is 

and invites us to get in on 

    The Joy of One.

Sin is estrangement.

It's like a dislocated shoulder.

It hurts like hell because 

it is a hellish separation.

        Jesus is 

  The Word of God 


"What do we listen to" 

"What do we say"

 with all our ways 

 of being alive?

Rumi: " Before you speak, 

            let your words 

            pass through three gates: 

            Is it true? 

            Is it necessary? 

            Is it kind?"

"Speak only when it is 

 an improvement on silence."

         Phillip Russo

If God seems far away, guess who moved?

"If it's not about love, it's not about God." 

         Bishop Michael Curry

"Holy bewilderment." 

          Debre Thomas

" Once the line between 

  truth and fake is eroded, 

  everything will become fake. 

  We will not be able 

  to believe anything."   

  Wael Abd Almagead

- That's spice in spades!

  And the sauce of 

  our shared living

  as a people right now

  sure needs to be spiced up 

  with truck loads of 


We are not the center of things. 

We are part and parcel of 



You want us to love you 

      with every bit of who we are?

Heck, that's so intense we'd just plain 

      melt right into you! 

Guess that's just what you do want

      and that's our forever.


You want us 

      to love neighbor as self?

Heck, we'd be tighter 

      than one!

Guess that's just what you do want 

     and that's our forever.


You want all in One

 God Neighbor Self

Heck, we'd be 


Guess that's just what you do want


         Mark 12:30-31

Theology, or any "...ology," 

is like trying to put 

a Post-It Note 

on a ray of the sun. 

I slept and dreamt that life is joy,

I awoke and saw that life was service.

I acted and behold, service was joy.


"You have to inhabit your own song."

            Bruce Springsteen

Miles distance.

Spirit knows no such limit.

"It takes courage to grow up

 and become who you really are."

           e.e. cummings

Once upon a time 

there was a happy tree. 

She couldn't keep it to herself.

So she grew lots of apples.

"I have come that 

they may have life 

and have it to the full."


      John 10:10


       OK Jesus.

       Fill'er up!!


   Well, there it is, some 

fragrance, freshness and spice

 A Potpourri of Soul Scent


           IN THE WORKS

  A special treat coming up here

        in the posting from 

   Wednesday, September 6th. 


   Tuesday, September 12th.


       to one and all

This week we were graced 

with visitors from Serbia.



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      See you next week

          Love to all

         John Frank