She asked a simple question: “New Year’s Resolutions: Yes or No?” I was surprised to find I was the only person who said “Yes.” At least, a partial yes. I am realistic enough to know that setting goals for the entire year doesn’t work for me. Too far out and I get discouraged and give up. Or just forget. But there’s something about this time of year . . . as I take down Christmas decorations, reset my house, assimilate […]
I have a friend who recently received the news of her father’s inoperable cancer. The outcome of his situation is inevitable, and now their family is faced with the difficult decision of undergoing chemotherapy – which is grueling, but may (or may not) prolong his life a little longer – or no treatment. Both options involve pain and suffering. To be frank, both options suck. And I know they aren’t the only family facing this difficult road. I have other […]
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let […]
I hope to write some reflections on Good Friday later today, but here are some initial “thoughts.” Part of the beauty in the hideous image of the cross comes from the promise of rebirth and redemption. Although a somber day, these flowers remind me of the hope the cross provides.