Tag Archives: chaos

When life falls apart

Read Isaiah 65:17-25 and Luke 21:5-19 What do you do when life falls apart? “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men / Gang aft agley,” poet Robert Burns wrote, “An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, / For promis’d joy!” Our best-laid plans often do go awry and leave us nothing but grief […]

On being ready

As the pace and chaos of life press harder upon us, as Yeats’s observation that “the centre cannot hold” seems more apt, and as I grow toward my allotted seventy years (or eighty if I am strong), the treasure that is this day, this present moment, seems at once more fleeting and more necessary to […]

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 […]