Tag Archives: healing

There lives the dearest freshness

National Poetry Month, Day 11  //  We’re well into spring here in Western New York. Even the occasional snow that falls – it has now retreated to the higher elevations – may protest but can’t forestall the shift of seasons. Morning birdsong entering through slightly open bedroom windows is as likely to awaken us as […]

A guide from beyond

By some mysterious grace, Rumi and Parker Palmer join the conversation I opened up yesterday when I quoted Maria Popova, “To reclaim the beauty of the multitudes we each contain, we must break free of the prison of our fragments and meet one another as whole persons full of wonder unblunted by identity-template and expectation.” […]

Finding wholeness in contradictions

In the rending of our society and politics into ever more deeply opposing camps, “… we have somehow found ourselves in an era where even the brightest, kindest, most idealistic people spring to judgment … in a heart-flinch. Questions invite instant opinions more often than they invite conversation and contemplation ….” That’s how Maria Popova […]

The post-holiday low

As heart warming as Christmas can be, the days after can leave the heart low and empty for many. The season leading up to Christmas invites us to be attentive for the advent of some new manifestation of the divine mystery in the coming of light. The season after Christmas invites us, perhaps even urges […]

Dinner is served

Life happens. Random, unpredictable events, especially unfortunate events, happen every day, and we say, “life happens.” Dorothy was talking the other day about how the wrong hymn numbers got into the worship bulletin two weeks ago. “I don’t know what happened,” she said. “Life happened,” I said. It’s an experience common to all of God’s […]

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 […]

The power of the positive

Would you tell me, please,” Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, “which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” the Cat replied, stating the obvious. “I don’t much care where —” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. […]

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, […]

Love from the heart

Love one another deeply from the heart. (1 Peter 1:22) To live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy. That’s the essence of what we need to do if we are to live fulfilling lives, according to Steven Covey. Twenty years ago, Covey helped launch a new generation of time and life management with […]

On the power of gratitude

It’s a difficult and costly thing, trying to live up to the expectations of others: difficult, because those expectations are often unspoken and impossibly high; costly, because trying it draws us toward living someone else’s life at the expense of our own, which in the end leads to a kind of death. My father taught […]