The Second Coming?

The Second Coming?

You may be familiar with the old joke that goes like this: “The good news is that Jesus is coming again. The bad news is that he is coming today.” From the time of Jesus, his followers have taken Jesus at his word when he promised to return. Many denominations profess...
A Marian Model

A Marian Model

I recently have been providing support for a dear friend recovering from several health challenges. It has been an education about the pluses and minuses of our health care system as well as witnessing the strength and fragility of the human spirit. It has also been a...
The Light of the World

The Light of the World

The mornings are colder now, and dark. Bare trees stand out against a graded sky. Leaves have nearly gone from the trees and pile in heaps on the grass. They crackle in the breeze as many wind chimes. In my early morning walk, I am greeted by the new sunrise coming...
With(out?) Gratitude

With(out?) Gratitude

As I read last week’s reflection, I found myself wondering what the world would be like without gratitude. The question sidled quietly through the back door of my brain and inserted itself between several unrelated thoughts, no doubt hoping that it could settle in for...
Thanksgiving Gratitude

Thanksgiving Gratitude

This is the time of year when people start thinking about what they are thankful for. They share these thoughts with their family and friends, especially on Thanksgiving day or weekend. A number of people may reply that they are thankful for their family and friends....
Longfellow, Revisited

Longfellow, Revisited

I recently began reading Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem ‘The Song of Hiawatha”. Or actually it is more accurate to say I have been listening to this work, as I think most poetry is best heard than read. Published in 1855, it predates the Civil...

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