Wednesday, December 27, 2023


     Dear All of Us,

        Holy cow!

Here we are at another of

   time's tipping points.


   is out for the count.

What can we count on for


  Some folks get pretty 


 about the whole thing 

    and not just on 

    New Years Eve!!

           To tip 

      right and real

         in 2024

         any time

         all the time

       here are a few 

         timely tips.

 They come straight from 



         Each is an 

         action plan 

         for living

         what he 

         said and did

         as shared in 

         the Gospels.

         Each is an




  real personal practical


 "spirituality for the street"


      "Christianity can be confusing, 

       but the way of Jesus 

       was pretty clear. 


           Move toward the poor.

           Empower women.

           Create space at the table.

           Throw parties.

           Widen the family boundaries.

           Poke holes in oppressive systems.

           Don't retaliate with violence.

           Forgive your enemy.

           Don't store up wealth.

           Be present with people.



           Push back darkness

          "The kingdom of God is near."


                                Dan Sadlier

                  HAPPY HOLY 

                  NEW NOW

                  John Frank



Wednesday, December 20, 2023


Dear All of Us,

We're all 

buzzing busy 

just now.

So, here's a 

short little post,

long on love.



   God showed up

      then, there



    God shows up.

      here, now


     Then, there,


      Here now

      Jesus Us

       God Gift 

    given to give.   


"The Word became flesh 


    made his dwelling 

        among us. 

     We have seen 

        his glory, 

    the glory of the 

    One and Only, 

      who came 

   from the Father,

        full of 

  grace and truth." 

     John 1:14


 Merry Christmas

    John Frank


Wednesday, December 13, 2023


Dear all of Us,

I have a heck of

a lot more trouble 

choosing Christmas gifts 

than God does.

Then again, 

and ever so clearly, 

God has more than a bit of

an advantage in the matter.

However, I am catching on 

as I go on.

God has this way of choosing 

just what someone needs,

can't get, and gives it.

   It could be to overcome a problem.

   It could be to launch life anew.

   It could be to equip for excellence.

   It could be, well God has 

   a delightfully infinite way of gifting

         "When you Care Enough 

           to Send the very Best."

     (even Hallmark picked up on it)

God does not sucker into 

the faux folly of showing off, 

trying to score points,

commercialism faking as gift.

God doesn't give Grandma 

a $200,000 pink Lamborghini.

Good thing.

She'd run it up a tree 

first time out.

Grandma has gotten 

fragile and needful.

God gets Grandma 

an understanding, 

skilled and kind caregiver 

just right for her

and it puts Grandma 

back on the map.

So, we more than 

take a cue from God.

   We see what 

   another needs, 

   can't get,

   we have 

   and can give?

   There it is!

We don't dress up 

in a Santa outfit, 

but we all are 

God's Gift Givers

at Christmas 

and all year round.

So we gift 

as other needs,

as we are able:   





    we clean Grandma's house

    we give free lessons 

         to needy kids -music, 

         cooking, carpentry, 

         chess, computer...

    we have the 

         cranky neighbor over

    we wrap a single parent 

         and children 

        into our family 

   we pitch in at 

        Habitat for Humanity

   we cook dinner 

        once a month at 

        the homeless shelter

   we take care of a child 

        after school

   we "as needed, as able"

           GOD GIFT

We catch on and go with 

        God's Giving.

God checked us out.

Saw that we were 


God gifted.

God spoke a WORD.

That WORD became flesh 

and moved in with us.

Just what we needed.

Emmanuel - 

        God in person

        Love Incarnate

        Truely human

        Truely divine

        so we could be too.

       In that GIFT we



       What a gift to join in 

         together here at 

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Special Greetings

to the large group 

of folks from 


gathering with us

this past week.

You know, basically

our whole spiritual lives

are getting in on gifting -

       God's to us,

   Ours to each other.

      "GO GIFT!!"

       Love to all,

      John Frank


Wednesday, December 6, 2023


Dear All of Us,

So, when was 

the last time you had 

the tables turned on you?

Not nice, right?

Well, yes but...

My wife and I recently had

the happy flip of that.

We live in a small apartment.

Our dining table seats four.

Ten were coming for 

Thanksgiving Dinner.

What to do?

Well, turn the table 

the opposite way.

Go get my work table 

from the study.

Put them together.

Get some folding chairs 

and settle in for one heck of 

a great meal and time.


"Turned the tables on us."

It turned out to be

a blessing times two.

With the dining table 

now permanently turned, 

there's better 

room balance,

eye appeal and 


We didn't know that until

   "We had the tables 

       turned on us."

It's a keeper.

Our spiritual life

is often like that.

What presents as problem

can turn to a mighty blessing.

Usually not easy or quick, though.

The preeminent instance of that 

is the torture and murder of Jesus.

What a horrid and hideous

turn of things. Yet 



             for us

             on the 


         turned into a




        that's turning,


          all history, 

          all Creation, 

         all possibility,

       positively divine.

So we stay with it when 

the tables get turned on us,

often "not nice,"

yet trusting that 

it will somehow 

turn to good. 

You're deeply in love,

ready for marriage.

Your intended's ex beau/belle 

showed up, upended

and ended everything.

Shock, pain, loss.

That loss eventually 

made room for 

a wonderful other 

and a marriage 

of way deeper love

and fuller goodness 

as it turned out.

As a kid you preferred 

playing the piano 

to playing soccer.

It painfully upended popularity.

It also opened to later being 

the high school music teacher

for the kids of those soccer players.

You've been spiritually 

focused and faithful for years. 

Now there are years of 

spiritual dryness and ennui.

It feels like you are

personally experiencing

that dreadful dry desert trek 

of the Israelites.

Will it ever end?

It did for the Israelites

but it sure took one heck 

of a long time

for a good turnout,

and finally finding 

The Promised Land.

They were more than 

move in ready!!

We all have 

the tables and more 

turned on us.

We get flipped flat on 

our posterior cushions.

God has a way 

of turning that 

to a new 

stance and direction,

a very God Good One.

It is most often

hard and slow - 

very all three.

In Jesus, the Risen Savior,

we trust - that's faith.

No matter what turns up

or turns over,

We hold on being held on.

We wait it out, work it out,

as Paul says "En Christo," 

           "In Christ" 

The mystic Julia of Norwich

found out and shared:

     "All shall be well, 

      and all shall be well,

      and all manner of things

      shall be well."


           En Christo

         turned wrong

        gets loved right.

        What a divine 



        It's Been 


the past few weeks 

to have a large number of 

          new folks 

     from many lands 

          joining in. 


      It's great to be 

     together here at


         frankly speaking

    spirituality for the street


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        We know that 

        a lot more than 

        the tables 

        get turned on us.

       "And we know that 

        in all things

        God works for the good 

        of those who love him."

            Romans 8:28

         See you next week!

         Love to all!

             John Frank