The Gift of Years

The Gift of Years

Recently I was reading a book, The Gift of Years, Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister.  She talks about “meaning,” what are we when we are not what we used to be?  Society has a tendency to measure us by what we do, how much, our roles or positions.  So when...
Do You Hear What I Hear?

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Imagine a gathering in Chicago of thousands of people and 9-12 different countries represented.   What if a profound moving message was being spoken by a few persons from a remote village, how would each person hear  it  in that specific language? We are soon...
Pray More, Worry Less!

Pray More, Worry Less!

Recently our grandson was privileged to travel to Washington D. C. with the safety patrol.  When he returned he presented me with a gift.  He said that it was actually for Grandpa and for me.  He gave us a little turtle with the words “Pray more, Worry less.”  I...
Desert Places

Desert Places

Not all desert places are dry, barren, sandy, and lifeless.  Even a place such as Florida in spring can be a desert.  I spent the month of March there, and my experience revealed to me that a desert can be anywhere and at any time.  It is any place we enter alone,...
God is the Love in the Room

God is the Love in the Room

Editor’s Note: Jennifer and her family belong to the vibrant and engaged United Methodist Church in Wausau. The St. Anthony Community is always pleased and blessed to see God at work in people of all faiths. My curly-haired boy and I deliver communion for people who...
Leaving Behind

Leaving Behind

“As one door is closed in your life a new one opens before you.  Pause briefly at this threshold and know that what you are leaving behind is for the best…” M. E. Miro   This quote from a book that I was reflecting on “Open the Door” by Joyce Rupp, challenged me...