Monthly Archives: June 2016

A steady center holding

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, as sure as the sunrise.” Those words from Lamentations are part of my first prayer every morning when, after night has offered a buffer of rest between yesterday and today, the world is made new. […]

Time to saunter

“When we walk, we naturally go to the fields and woods: What would become of us, if we walked only in a garden or a mall?” wondered Henry David Thoreau (“Walking,” The Atlantic, May 1862). When I started to reread his article today, I wondered how he could sit still to write all those words […]

Valedictory

On the occasion of my last Sunday serving as pastor of the Williamsville (New York) United Methodist Church. This is the season for valedictory and commencement addresses. At high schools, colleges, and universities all over the country, speakers try to make sense of the bittersweet stew of farewells and new beginnings. United Methodist clergy on […]