Tag Archives: wholeness

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 gift of cold

As this part of the world falls toward winter, another part careers toward spring. Earth is at once cooling and warming, settling into rest and gathering itself for a new burgeoning. That’s the nature, the wholeness, of the creation in which we live. So “Bless the Lord, winter cold and summer heat; give God praise […]

Allow

Yesterday I wrote that the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids (Matt. 25:1-13) is not about how we prepare for what comes in the future but “is a characterization of a way of living that makes us and keeps us open and receptive to the fullness of grace – call it the kingdom of […]

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 […]

So I praise what comes

For fifty-two years I’ve been gainfully employed, thirty-six of them as a parish pastor. Now it’s time to stop pushing my particular barn and muck out its stables. On July 1, I will officially retire and start giving better attention to cultivating these few cubic feet of flesh. The years have held their common mix of […]

This broken wholeness

Everything depends on how we build our life together. Everything. When St. Paul wrote “that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you” (1 Cor. 3:16), he wasn’t writing about you or me. The “you” he uses is plural: You all together are God’s temple, and God’s Spirit dwells in the community […]

The reason for the season

There’s talk these days about a war on Christmas, and some of the most notable combatants include Pope Francis and president-elect Donald Trump. The pope deserves our serious attention; he’s earned it by lucidly restating the essence of the life and teachings of Jesus in today’s idiom. Trump, on the other hand, judging from everything […]

The missing piece

Minutes after terrorists slammed two airliners into the World Trade Center, streams of people crowded the emergency stairwells, heading in opposite directions. Thousands of terrified employees scrambled downward, toward exit doors and survival, while hundreds of New York City firefighters, laden with lifesaving gear, struggled upward, in a choice that would forever define their lives. […]

Integrity

There’s nothing quite like being around someone who is perfect to remind me how imperfect and inadequate I am. Maybe that’s why I’ve had trouble with the concept of saints. People surrounded by an air of perfection in this life can make me feel inadequate; people fortified by the perfect invulnerability of sainthood can make […]

Coming home

Fourteen years ago last Friday, in the outrage of September 11, 2001, we lost our home, the carefully constructed and maintained illusion that we were somehow insulated from the deep turmoil of the rest of the world. But for a fleeting moment we gained something more important. Now the question is, can we keep it […]