Tag Archives: trust

An untroubled heart

The first thing that comes to mind for me when Jesus says goodbye to his friends (John 14:1-14) is that I expected more from him. He knows he’ll soon be arrested and that he’ll be executed, probably in a few hours. The disciples probably know it, too, though they don’t want to admit it even […]

Living without fear

“Do not be afraid.” Usually the first words we hear in the Easter liturgy are, “Christ is risen! Alleluia!” – words of exuberance, bursting forth after six long weeks of Lent, the deepening darkness and foreboding of Holy Week, and the utter emptiness of Holy Saturday. But those words are not in the first resurrection […]

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 […]

Increase our faith

“Lord, increase our faith” (Luke 17:5)! Who hasn’t wanted more faith at some time, more certainty in the face of doubts and questions about life, a more solid footing on which to stand when confronting life’s biggest challenges and burdens? Even those closest to Jesus wanted that, so they asked, “Lord, increase our faith!” And […]

Life in a kindergarten world

Years ago Robert Fulghum wrote a book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Now a study of culture in some of the world’s most successful organizations has discovered the same thing. In his book The Culture Code, New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle goes inside organizations like Pixar, the San Antonio […]

At the gate of another year

Long ago I stopped making resolutions for the new year. Instead, I turn to a poem that has been passed on in my family for at least three generations since it became widely known at the threshold of World War II and that opens to me in greater depth with each new year passes. In […]

A palette of simple things

Short-story writer Andre Dubus was born on this day (Aug. 11) in 1936. He wrote stories about regular people like bartenders, mechanics, and waitresses, maybe even like me. After an accident which resulted in the loss of one of his legs and confined him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, he said, […]

This faithful God

Sometimes I imagine a congress of the faithful calling God to a confirmation hearing and starting the questions with: Will you be faithful to your promises? We sing from time to time, “Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee; / thou changest not, thy compassions, they […]

At the gate of the year

In the dark, uncertain days of late 1939, shortly after the outbreak of World War II, England’s King George VI sought to encourage his nation in his Christmas message. In his radio broadcast he read from a poem by a little-known American teacher at the London School of Economics, Minnie Louise Haskins. The poem began: […]

Remember Your Roots

You know a song is more than ordinary when it speaks to people of all ages, goes viral on Youtube, and steals the show from pop-media icons at professional sporting events. The song that was never supposed to be released as a single has taken on a life of its own because of its message […]