"Create a clean heart in me, O God." THREE MOMENTS COALESCE TO A STILL POINT in hope, faith ...

"A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
  and your Holy Spirit take not from me."

1. With a certain holy fear and trembling- I announce to those of you who don't already know, that there is a display of 

Steve Frost paintings in the Pastoral Center of Christ Cathedral, 

Garden Grove, California- Diocese of Orange.  I'm told they'll be there for at least six months and I encourage you to see them- Originals of real art are always better than reproductions, copies or imitations since they carry the Original Energies of a timeless creative process that engages from the liminal reaches of Creation and Spirit.  A real Icon offers the opportunity to participate in a Holy process.

2. Several years ago Rev. John McAndrew took up an appointment as Spiritual Director at the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs.  His home, a cottage surrounded by roses and palm trees in the Movie Colony section of town, intentionally became a refuge for many needing a spiritual break. It became an oasis to revive and refresh before continuing one's journey.

3. Across the wide, usually dry, sandy river bed from John's place in Palm Springs, John's friend Joseph owns two buildings in Cathedral City.  I have opened an art studio in one of those buildings to exercise the holy crafts of prayer and art making as best I can.  In this I am reminded of a favorite story about a Chinese Rainmaker 

The story goes like this:  There's a terrible drought in China.  The people are desperate.  The crops have failed.  An old Daoist rainmaker is called in.  He refuses the offer of the usual paraphernalia for rainmaking- fireworks, noise makers of every description, et al.  He's asks for and is given a hut on the edge of a village in the province suffering the drought and asks to be left alone- he sets up housekeeping.  He washes his dishes, sweeps his yard, waters the plants, sits in quiet stillness...  After three days, it rains. 

When what's necessary has been done and what needed to be said is said, 

 "Be still and know that I am God..."

Psalm 46:10

Miracles Occur:

The 'Paintings at the Cathedral' during business hours to all who come.  

The Studio is open to a private public by appointment- 

Christ Cathedral Pastoral Center, Diocese of Orange California