Monthly Archives: December 2013

Death and life

“God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illuminated by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.” — Dag Hammarskjöld

Keep the channel open

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will […]

Surviving Bedlam

Few things come to such a sudden stop as Christmas, at least in our culture. On December 26, the first Christmas trees appear on the curbs, and the last Christmas music disappears from the radio. Retailers can hardly wait to clear away the season’s displays as they remake themselves into a marketing Mecca for the […]

On a new year’s prospect

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” ― Shel Silverstein

Precious memories

Whether they come as bane or blessing to our mailboxes, most of us receive holiday letters, and many of us write them. In this age of chronic over-sharing on social media, the year-end family newsletter might have become a thing of the past, but it seems to be hanging on to its place in our […]

Down in Bethlehem

Over in Bethlehem, renovations are under way on the Church of the Nativity, the basilica located at the traditional site of Jesus’ birth. It’s the first major renovation of the place in 600 years. Basic maintenance of the building, parts of which go back 1,500 years, has been neglected for decades. Now water from a […]

Maybe this is hell

“Hell, in my opinion, is never finding your true self and never living your own life or knowing who you are.” ―John Bradshaw

True freedom

Once in a while when Sheryl and I are feeling especially stressed, one of us will ask, “Can we run away now?” It’s a wry joke between us. We know we have more blessings than we can count, and though at times it’s difficult to affirm, my faith tells me I’m exactly where God wants […]

Bethlehem or bedlam

When I look toward Bethlehem on this first Sunday of Advent, I’m afraid all I see is bedlam. We may sing, “O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie,” but the world seems anything but still. Bethlehem and Bedlam are not far apart. In fact, Bedlam was the popular name for the […]