Monthly Archives: October 2016

Chasing the rabbit

Following my message last week, someone wrote, “You always leave me with more questions than answers. I can’t wait to see where you are taking us.” People have been saying that to me in one way or another for a long time. After one of my sermons years ago, someone who was obviously frustrated came […]

Gather us in

Yesterday was Homecoming Sunday in our congregation, time to come home again from all the places where life scatters us, time to gather in that place where, as the saying goes, when you go there they have to take you in. A day for reconnecting with a place where some important roots have been sunk and […]

Life is not a dress rehearsal

During one of our recent cottage meetings, part of our conversation turned to the North Rose that exists only in memory: the drug store, a grocery, a bank, the movie house. No one mentioned the Knotty Pine Restaurant, the folks who came to eat there, the community networks that were maintained there, the town business […]

It runs in the family

“What happens to a dream deferred?” the poet Langston Hughes wondered. What happens when the life you’ve dreamed about gets put on hold or snatched away or interrupted by circumstance, and you realize it may be forever beyond your reach? “Does it dry up,” Hughes wondered, “like a raisin in the sun? / Or fester […]