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Religion

  • Diane’s story: Thoughts on a transfigured life

    I have dubbed one of my daughters Olivia Obituary. She is my designated news bearer alerting me when a friend from my past life in Connecticut enters eternal life. Thus, she bore the sad/happy news of the death of a 49-year-old woman I knew as a little girl years ago. Sad/happy are my words because this was the ending of a life viewed by many as being limited. Instead, it was deep and beautiful, filled with a wisdom few possess and dare to share. She was more than her diagnosis of Down syndrome. 

  • A tale of two cities: healing hope and hate-filled heartlessness
  • Divine dances in humanity

    She calls herself, at least she is known as, “the divine Bette Midler.” Some would take umbrage at her audacity and seek a more self-deprecating nomenclature. Others would applaud her authenticity and find glee in her sense of true humility. She is divine, it is true. So are we. Divinity dances in our humanity. Sadly, we prefer a more sedate step with a bow and scrape to assert our lowliness. 

  • Celebrate the gifts of this hour
  • The false duality between ‘job’ and ‘service’

    Doing a job, performing a task, whether it is via volunteerism or for a paycheck has often been relegated to a “less-than-holy” status. As a result, folks frequently consider their life devoid of deep meaning and lacking a spiritual base. Zilong Wang would consider this to be an unfortunate misunderstanding. Wang labels it a false duality, one to which he had fallen prey before taking a second look at life. As he put it, “In my mind, I had created an unnecessary duality between “holding a job” and “living to serve.”

  • When demons are driven out, the mute speak

    I was stopped in my tracks when I saw … more than read … these words in Chapter 9 of the Matthean gospel, “When the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.” Surely, I had read this sentence many times. Yet, this time I saw beneath and beyond the words. It was a vision of possibility I had never before encountered in this way.

  • We are family: My brothers and my sisters and me
  • Reflections on the lost and found

    It all began with an anguished sigh. “My hearing aid is broken!” Yes, there are two aids and only one was inoperable, but the loss is mighty. Voices must now rise to nearly shouting level. There is the return of the repeated question: “What???” It is accompanied by a voiced lament: “I can’t hear you!” Urgent attention to the dilemma was obvious. A trip to Costco became an immediate need. It would definitely be return or replace without repeal.

  • To become wise and compassionate, ask and receive an understanding heart

    Vanita Hampton Wright once wrote: “Sometimes we make prayer difficult because we separate it from what is concrete in daily life. We develop the attitude that prayer is supposed to be something in the mind and heart, a spiritual equality hard to define and somewhat elusive to experience.”

  • Joining Mack in 'The Shack'

    I had read William Paul Young’s book, “The Shack,” when it was first published, finding it an easy read. In honesty, I was not terrifically impressed with its theological underpinnings and found the story line rather fantastical. However, loads of people were touting its praise. Weeks on the New York Times best seller list and more than 20 million sales would add doubt to the validity of my first impression. Then came the movie, which I have yet to view, bearing additional erosion of my original conviction.