Tag Archives: change

This latent mine

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 […]

The voice of authority

In the battle against fake news, Andreas Vlachos – a computer scientist living in England – is on the front lines. “I’m trying to channel my research,” he said, “into something that is useful for everyone who’s reading the news.”1 Combating fake news, finding a voice of authority we can depend on, is also useful […]

The long white line

“When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this’” (Matt. 21:10)? The actors are in their places, the musicians are poised with their instruments, the conductor’s baton is raised. Everything is ready for the curtain to rise. Even the audience is ready, or so we like to think. The first […]

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. […]

Process

Referring to the seven pillars of faith may be misleading. Pillars are substantial; they hold things up and don’t move; they can remain in place long after their purpose is gone. Virtually all that remains of the Parthenon, perhaps the most perfect example of Classical architecture in history, are its pillars, surrounding shards of stone, […]

What’s past is not really past

The past, it may be, is not really beyond changing, and perhaps nothing is irredeemable. Not even me. Here’s a poem that came to me from Parker Palmer. Thanks, Robert Frost by David Ray Do you have hope for the future? someone asked Robert Frost, toward the end. Yes, and even for the past, he […]

Welcoming what comes

As Advent approaches, with Christmas hard on its heels, one of the first people who come to mind for me this year is Herod. Odd, isn’t it? Sheryl’s attention turns to the Christmas movies showing on the Hallmark Channel and to the lighted reindeer we just put out to graze on the front lawn. My […]

Changing Jesus

If a little faith will move mountains (Matt. 17:20), what will great faith do? Will it transform the world? Will it change the mind of Jesus? “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” the scriptures tell us (Heb. 13:8). The scriptures appear to be wrong. Great faith, it seems, can change the […]

On not being well adjusted

“The last thing you want to be is a well-adjusted person,” according to Lenore Bierbaum, one of my undergraduate psychology professors. “What you want to be,” she said, “is a person who adjusts well.” Life is not static; it’s dynamic, always in flux, always changing. If I’m alive, I’m adjusting. To the extent I stop […]