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Religion

  • Empty words entrench doubt in our hearts

     I like to believe there is nothing coincidental or accidental in our lives. I am wont to ponder all as being part and parcel of Providence acting to evoke our awakening to the divinity hidden in our humanity … in all creation. Actually, it is more than my “liking” to which I refer. It is my experience.

  • Am I being unfair to you?

     The women of the Philippines worked as a team with others to put together the worship service for World Day of Prayer 2017. They began their labor by listening to stories, especially news of the day a horrendous typhoon made landfall in their country. The tales they heard contained more than details of horrors seen and endured. They were revelations of resilience and faith. But, they were also narratives that evoked more questions than answers.

  • Obstacles are avenues of opportunity more than objects for avoidance

     

    Hubby Dear often speaks fondly of his godmother, a Roman Catholic nun now deceased. She was a woman of faith, fidelity, and forcefulness. The bar was always raised in her presence. On one occasion in his life, when H.D. was just knee high to a grasshopper, he received a card from her that bore a simple message, but one he has never forgotten. It read, “An obstacle is something that gets in the way when you take your eye off the goal.”

  • He will add humility wherever he goes

     Funerals are never easy events for me. They evoke multiple and mixed feelings. Loss and regret commingle with sorrow and blessing. Relief and sadness embrace. Tears flow as tender smiles erupt. Past and present merge into an unknown future. Cultural commands dictating appropriate behavior collide with an innate sense of rightness that opposes propriety.

  • There is a healing power to storytelling

     I frequently state my inadequacy regarding history. There were so many facts, dates to memorize with accompanying names of rulers or tyrants, winners and losers. I had a hard time keeping them straight. So, it was cram for the exam and don’t give heed to any future impact. No one ever offered the option to view history as our human story. No one tried to make it interesting. No one seemed to think that one day I might … one day we might … beg, “Tell me a story before I go to sleep.”

  • Take a chance and receive a gift

     Grandparents take special pride in the accomplishments of their grandchildren. It matters little what the success might be. It could be taking the first steps, speaking first words, riding a bike, learning to read or color or write. What is important is the “first-ness” — the courage to move beyond what is to what can be. What is important is the brave movement into creativity, however it is expressed.

     

  • Light the lamp to banish the darkness

     

     

    It has been a long, long preparation time for this country, for all of us who live here and call it our homeland. Replete with care and concern, angst and anticipation, it is yet the land we love. It is yet a place where diversity births distinctive unity. It is where we both find our lamps and light them to banish the darkness of hatred, bias, prejudice and evil of all sorts and dimensions.

  • A presidential fare thee well

     Saying goodbye is never easy. Even when one believes that endings are openings to new beginnings, goodbye is a word that sticks in our throat. So many thoughts and feelings emerge, converge and draw tenderness and toughness into a complicated embrace. Memories come to the surface, good and bad alike. Regrets join the company, creating a sharp edge and an intake of breath. Should haves, would haves, could haves cannot be completely erased. Perhaps that is a good thing.

  • To read résumés and do interviews is both art and science

     I recall reading an article about reading résumés and doing interviews. Because my grandchildren are immersed in job searches, it caught my attention. Perhaps I could find suggestions to offer them, easing their way through the process and empowering them to enhance their presentations to result in ultimate success. “When the final interview looms large, everyone is, or seems to be, equally qualified” I read. I paid close attention to the two questions the author (whose name escapes me) always asked the final candidates.

  • The music of leadership is a song of the heart