Do All Religions “Suck”?

June 14, 2021 A couple of days ago, I happened to find myself a lane over and behind a compact car that sported two identical bumper stickers which read:  “All Religions Suck.”  I guess the driver wanted to make her or his point twice.  I wished at that moment that I could have stopped theContinue reading “Do All Religions “Suck”?”

Attic Wisdom

June 1, 2021 If you’ve ever expected a child, then you know something about the “nesting” period when suddenly you realize, instinctively, that the time is NOW to finish getting the nursery in order, counting the diapers, tidying up the house, and putting extra meals in the freezer because something waiting to be born isContinue reading “Attic Wisdom”

Lakes, Chapels, God, and Prayer

May 25, 2021 We recently returned from western North Carolina where we had the opportunity to visit Lake Junaluska, situated in the heart of a Methodist Camp and Conference Center and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and numerous old shade trees.  If ever there were a place to commune with the Divine, by whateverContinue reading “Lakes, Chapels, God, and Prayer”

Showing Up

May 15, 2021 “Life is difficult.”  That three-word truth is the sentence that opens The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck’s well-known book integrating spiritual and psychological insights.  It doesn’t sound like a welcoming beginning, though it certainly sets the stage for an exploration into spiritual and psychological growth.  Admit it.  Life is difficult.  OnceContinue reading “Showing Up”

Let There Be . . .

May 7, 2021 “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,  the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”  So begins the story of creationContinue reading “Let There Be . . .”

The Year that Wasn’t

April 16, 2021 Recently I had the opportunity, after over a year, to visit a friend and have a cup of tea with her.  As we conversed about the ongoing pandemic, she referred to 2020 as “the year that wasn’t.”  At first I thought that was a clever and succinct summary of 2020 when theContinue reading “The Year that Wasn’t”

Friday of Holy Week: Love

April 2, 2021 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.  1 Cor. 13:13 Sadhu Sundar Singh was an Indian Christian, evangelist, and mystic who lived in the early part of the 20th century and often trekked through the Himalayan mountains to share the good news ofContinue reading “Friday of Holy Week: Love”

Wednesday of Holy Week: Hope

March 31, 2021 Midway through Holy Week, consider the millions, if not billions, of prayers lifted by candleflame through the ages.  The steadfastness of the flame offers the comfort of hope as its smoke wafts toward heaven, a visual sign that our prayer is being lifted, noticed, even heard.  Our control is released and entrustedContinue reading “Wednesday of Holy Week: Hope”