We are hungry, and we live among hungry people in a hungry world. Most people in the world are hungry for food in ways I have never known, though one day I may, but that’s not the kind of hunger I’m thinking of. I’m thinking of a deeper hunger, the hunger of the heart for […]

There’s plenty of reason to think the social-political landscape that I wake up to every morning and go to sleep in every night is bleak and empty of promise. (My home state of Missouri has joined the list of those with antiabortion laws more restrictive than I thought we’d ever see again in this country, […]

It’s a simple question, and you will spend your whole life answering it: Who are you? Are you the person others expect you to be, or are you an authentically original expression of God? Will you live in such a way that you leave others no choice but to decide: Will they live as their […]

“For everything there is a season,” the Teacher said, “and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted. [God] has made everything suitable for its time” (Eccles. 3:1-2, 11a). Now that I’ve come […]

National Poetry Month, Day 30  //  At the end of National Poetry Month, I return to where I began, to Walt Whitman, and to a fresh beginning. My first career began with a love of books, and it was natural, I suppose, that I would find my way into, first commercial printing, then book design […]

National Poetry Month, Day 29  //  At the beginning of this series celebrating National Poetry Month, I quoted Wallace Stevens, who described the poet as “the priest of the invisible,” and I set out to share each day a favorite poem of mine that mediates between me and the unseen Mystery in which we live […]

National Poetry Month, Day 28  //  In my twenties, newly out of college and on my own, starting a new career, finding my way in the world, I had learned that I had to be good, very good, if I were to amount to anything in life. My parents, particularly my father, had taught me […]

National Poetry Month, Day 27 // Jews and some Christians observe today as the Sabbath, the week’s seventh day and a day to rest from their labors before beginning a new week. By sundown Friday, all work is to be completed and everything put in order for this holy day, which will end with sundown […]

National Poetry Month, Day 26  //  “Sing lustily and with good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of its being heard, than when you sung the songs of Satan.” That’s […]

National Poetry Month, Day 25  //  So much depends upon our choices. “It is our choices,” J.K. Rowling wrote, “that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” They clarify and express our deepest values and reveal us even to ourselves. And Roy T. Bennett affirmed, “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a […]