So are we as clever as we think?
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
In the podcast, Turning to the Mystics, James Finley retells a number of stories about his time with Thomas Merton. Back in the 1960s Finley felt a calling to the monastic life from God. The more that he prayed and spent time listening to God’s voice and guidance, the more this call became clearer and clearer. He had to go. . .
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Because of some commitments that I have this evening, I was confronted with a choice. While I would like to think that my choice was deep and complicated, that it contained a great deal of nuance to it that required me to reflect at length, the fact is that it did not. My choice was: be helpful in an unexpected way or let things progress as they do. Here is what I mean. . .
Monday, July 26, 2021
While the requirements may have changed over the years, the swimming merit badge that I earned while a Boy Scout was challenging.
The depth of my scout camp’s pool, and my ability to swim down there, taught me something about sticking to a task, about believing in myself, and about believing that I could push myself and accomplish great things. It taught me that fear will still be with me; I cannot remove fear from everything that I do. But I can realize that I when I press in and expand my horizons, great thing could happen.
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Besides the Bible, I don’t have a lot of books in my library that I have purchased on more than one occasion.
Monday, July 19, 2021
"Well VBS is over. . ." That sentiment was all that was on my mind on Friday evening as the youth and young adult volunteers joined my family around our fire ring for s’mores and hot dogs. Some kids swam in the pool. Others played with Luna. But as I looked around the fire that evening, I could only think: “Another successful VBS here at Plains.”
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
I appreciate Emma and her gifts very much. She has gifts and skills that support and benefit our family in ways that amaze me at times with both their simplicity and their necessity. While JonMark is a great caregiver who has learned to sit and be still with someone, Emma uses a different approach to accomplish the same thing. She is hands-on in a way that many others are not in this world. For instance today I am thinking about her green thumb. . .
Monday, July 12, 2021
In a residential neighborhood on Moorfield Street in Manchester, England you will find a mural painted across the red brick outer wall of a home. The mural was painted by a man who is only known through his social media persona of AkseP19. He sought to memorialize an individual whose impact in England cannot be ignored.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
It has been a frustrating couple of days for me—and not for any reason you might expect.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Nestled in the Hollywood Hills is a hotel that defies traditional expectation and works every day to do something different—and they do it quite well. It is a hotel that looks more like a house that you would drive risk past and not a swanky, popular destination. But don’t let appearances fool you, people wait a long time to get a chance to stay at this hotel. . . No, it isn’t haunted. No famous person once lived here. No celebrities don’t frequent the restaurant or bar.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
This morning I altered from my traditional morning regime, and by doing so, I re-affirmed something important.
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