Tag Archives: freedom

Lifting the angel latch

“The secret of happiness,” Socrates said, “is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” Tradition holds that when a person desired to enter a monastery, he would stand on the threshold, strip naked, and plead for admission, upon which he would be given new clothing appropriate to the new […]

The choice is always ours

My Aunt Ailene died last week. It was a remarkable death, not because she and I were particularly close – we weren’t; I hadn’t seen her in more than thirty years – but because she was the last of her generation in my family. I didn’t attend the funeral, but I know what would have […]

This pushing off

This week I’ve been mostly disengaged from my usual occupations, or preoccupations, which has given me opportunity to consider again William Henry Davies’s observation, “A poor life this if, full of care, / We have no time to stand and stare.” Davies (1871-1940) was known as the “poet of the tramps,” a moniker that makes […]

Stand up and bless the Lord

So simple, the story of Jesus’ encounter with a woman in a synagogue (Luke 13:10-17), so lean in its telling, and yet so full of meaning! Full, so it’s a story not only about a crippled woman’s healing encounter with Jesus in a synagogue 2,000 years ago. It’s also a story about us, about what […]

True freedom

Once in a while when Sheryl and I are feeling especially stressed, one of us will ask, “Can we run away now?” It’s a wry joke between us. We know we have more blessings than we can count, and though at times it’s difficult to affirm, my faith tells me I’m exactly where God wants […]