The Rev. Bernie Poppe's blog

How Can There Be Weeds?

A Meditation on Prayer and Gardening

“How can there be weeds? … An enemy has done this!” (Mt 13:27-28)

I am not a great gardener. There are great gardeners in my family, but I am not one of them. I appreciate beautiful gardens and I've had moments of inspiration, but it's safe to say that gardening is not my gift.

Rules: Made to be broken or made for the broken?

"Please keep to the path"

Rules: Made to be broken or made for the broken? A meditation on Ps. 119:164.

Of Labyrinths and Lawns

Labyrinth echos

I feel like my sabbatical has begun in earnest now. The first few weeks were dedicated to a series of errands and tasks around the Rectory. Then there was a conference in Atlanta and a family wedding in Rhode Island I had the privilege to officiate.

A short time ago, I arrived in Cochecton, NY where the remainder of my sabbatical will take place.

Getting ready for my second Sabbatical


Six years ago I went on my first Sabbatical. I traveled from South Africa to England to different parts of Europe visiting sacred sites, Cathedrals, Monasteries, the Taizé Community and many other places. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip and chronicled in my previous blog, Aelred’s Garden.

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