Tag Archives: failure

What’s next

This Sunday’s passage from Ezekiel (Ezek. 37:1-14) – the dry bones; the clatter of their coming together; their being clothed in sinew and flesh; the breath entering them; their standing up – has for centuries been one of the favorite and most hopeful passages in the Hebrew Bible. God asks the prophet, “Mortal, can these […]

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 […]

Between the gains and the losses

Ruby is gone. The robin that built her nest on one of our garage lights has been missing since we returned from vacation, leaving behind a single delicate jewel of robin’s-egg blue. The promise she brought when she built her nest – that we might be close witnesses of the hatching and fledging of her […]