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Religion

  • Miracles can be found in ordinary experiences

    There is no humdrum in life. Can you, do you, believe it?

    There is no same ol’, same ol’, even if we try to make it so.

    These are not the words mouthed by a deranged individual person. They are not the rantings of a Pollyanna person living in denial or avoidance of reality.

  • In God we trust…or do we?

    Trust is such a tiny word. Five little letters strung together to create a mighty force in human life. Trust may well be the call word as we enter each new year, each new phase of life, each birth and re-birth. Yet it is one of those “easy for you, difficult for me” words, which fall facilely from our lips while challenging our innards with roiling trepidation.

  • When we build spaces, there is room for everyone
  • Forceful faith lies in the shadows of life

    Traditionally in the northern hemisphere the week of prayer is celebrated Jan. 18-25 and is sandwiched between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul. It also encompasses a time of remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a Day of Prayer for the Unborn. According to the World Council of Churches, “At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that ‘they may be one so that the world may believe.’ “

  • Memories of Martin Luther King Jr. evoke prophetic voices

    In the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2, verses 17-18, we are reminded, “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see vision, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.”

    Visionaries and dreamers shall prophesy. We recall the life of one who called us to see visions and dream dreams.

  • Examining the question: what’s my legacy?
  • There are lots of ways to lose one’s voice

    I was merrily browsing my inbox when the title of an article stopped me in my computer tracks. The Awaken Call Editors presented an interview with Kevin Hancock, “an award-winning author, public speaker, and CEO of Hancock Lumber, one of America’s oldest and most prestigious businesses” who spoke these words: “There are lots of ways to lose your voice in this world.”

  • Simply show up ... and discover holiness

    The Sunday within the octave of Christmas, in the Roman Catholic tradition, is designated as Holy Family Sunday. It emerges annually between Christmas Day and the feast of the Epiphany. Although the designation indicates memory of the unique Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, it is as well a celebration of the universal family of God. This commemoration rejoices in the reality of our human connectedness, no matter how we declare our denomination or designation or lack thereof.

  • Christmas presence is a surprising gift all year long

    We are deep into Christmas countdown. Everything around us screams, “We have only a few days in which to accomplish all we had planned to do.” Such a short time remains for all the unexpected or forgotten obligations. The pace quickens as the stores are depleted even of their shopworn choices. Jingling bells jangle the nerves. Comments are heard all around that “this Christmas stuff gets old fast!”

  • Being a prophet in one’s own country is possible

    Life is filled with wonderful surprises. Not too long ago, Hubby Dear and I were treated to a brief but spectacular encounter, the unexpected delight of sharing lunch with a “long-lost” friend. The delight was more than doubled by the inclusion of two women we had never met. An instantaneous connection became our universal joy.