My Journey

When Belief and UnBelief are at War

I’m always struck by the desperate father in Mark 9. You know the story but envision it with me. To recap: Jesus had been with Peter, James, and John on the mountain and was transfigured. We don't know with certainty what happened or what it meant. Jesus became...

Sage Sayings #10 – my ungrateful heart

It's Thanksgiving week. Sometimes, our hearts explode with gratitude. At other times, we cringe at the word. Just proclaiming that this is Thanksgiving, does not make us thankful. We've been told to give thanks. This isn't a commandment to have good manners or to be a...

Sage Sayings #9

Elevenses - a British term that was unfamiliar in the U.S. until the delightful scene in The Lord of the Rings in which Pippin laments that there would be no stopping for Hobbit snacking. Elevenses is known in Great Britain as a short pause at 11:00 for a cup of tea...

The Eustace Phenomenon

One of my favorite portions of The Chronicles of Narnia is chapter five, six, and seven of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It is a brilliant story within a captivating story. The self-centered, irritable, lazy Eustace sneaks away from his stranded shipmates to avoid...

Sage Sayings #8

  Regardless of how you educate your children, the impact you have on their learning is more powerful than anyone else’s. From household chores, to personal habits, to academic disciplines, your influence is incalculable - truly! This is not necessarily by way of your...

It’s NOT just spilled milk!

The Israelites had calls to prayer: daily the shofar sounded to call the people for songs and chants. Muslims have prayer calls five times each day.   Christians have no such formal regimen of prayer - which is good and bad. It means that we are free to pray all the...

Sage Sayings #7

The incomparable Augustine of Hippo could not have spoken a wiser word into our day had he foreseen the pull and influence of our electronic idols.   "O Lord,  You made us for Yourself  and our hearts are restless  until they rest in You.”  - St. Augustine   If you'd...

nothing.

When I started this blog, I made a promise to myself. A vow, actually.    I vowed that if I had nothing to say, that is what I would say:  nothing.   Whether due to crazy schedule or writer’s block or heart strain.   Whether my wonderings have been flat or my...

Sage Sayings #6

The worries of the day are often upon us before the day breaks. This prayer - by an unknown 18th century Christian - is stabilizing and strengthening. Our forebear reminded him/herself of the brevity of life and the daily-ness of it - and asked God to hold all that...

Good Friday and Silent Saturday

The Gospels give us detailed records of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. But little about that Saturday. Silence. On Good Friday, I think of the death.  I’ve never seen a body beaten and broken and bloody: muscles and ligaments exposed - thorn-pierced...

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