Covid-19 Infects Us All

August 3, 2021 The Old Testament of the Bible contains an odd story, among many odd stories: the story of Job.  For those not familiar with it, the plot revolves around a bet made between God and Satan in which Satan claims that no one is strong enough to remain faithful to God in theContinue reading “Covid-19 Infects Us All”

“Going” on the Prayer Path

July 26, 2021 Decades later, I still remember a cross-stitched saying in a plain wooden frame that hung on the wall of my family doctor’s office.  It read, “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”  As a child of five or six, I recall being bemused by that quotation.  Were hurrier and behinder reallyContinue reading ““Going” on the Prayer Path”

“Looking” on the Prayer Path

July 20, 2021 On the spiritual journey, it helps to remember that we are created to be spiritual beings as well as human doings.  Life isn’t all about what we produce.  It also involves who we are becoming, and if we believe we are made in the image of Something Bigger than us, of aContinue reading ““Looking” on the Prayer Path”

“Remember me”?

June 23, 2021 In my early years of ministry, I found myself in a life-changing position for all involved.  A teenager and her mother came to me for direction because the single teen (I will call her Beth) was pregnant.  Beth had the support of her mother for whatever decision she made, but it wasContinue reading ““Remember me”?”

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 . . .”