In your hands

"Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart..." Psalm 95:7-8 How we hear the Word of God is in our hands. We have the power to soften or to harden our own hearts when the Word is preached: to respond with humble brokenness or with stiff pride. Many think it's a mystery… Continue reading In your hands

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the Holocaust, and history in the making

What makes sane, intelligent people choose to follow a Hitler? To assist in rounding up, imprisoning, torturing, and murdering an entire race of people? The war to stop Hitler ended a mere fourteen years before I came on the scene of humanity, and it has held a sort of painful fascination for me most of… Continue reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the Holocaust, and history in the making

Cut loose!

So how long ago did you last try to use a pair of those kindergarten scissors? You know, the round-ended safety scissors that only cut paper -- or, maybe they'll cut paper, if you hold your mouth right.  You may remember trying to use them one night your child mysteriously learned that a project for… Continue reading Cut loose!

So, what gets you?

You're strong, successful in your sphere of influence, important to people close to you -- perhaps even to some you'll never meet in person.  That didn't happen by accident. To accomplish what you have, you've chosen carefully the paths you've taken, rejecting what wasn't compatible.  To maintain what you've achieved, you've guarded your perimeter:  you've… Continue reading So, what gets you?

What’s your earliest faith memory?

They say a two year-old wouldn't be able remember much. I remember the barn burning. Not from what I was told, but the vivid picture of where I was sitting on the bed in the bedroom that doubled as a den and looking out the window.  And the flames. I don't remember much else from… Continue reading What’s your earliest faith memory?

When you have time

What's your "one of these days, I'm gonna..." dream? You know, the "when I have the time, ..." thing. I don't have a "bucket list", maybe because I associate those with jumping out of airplanes or hang gliding in the Grand Canyon, and I think that could hurt -- a lot. I've begun writing, which… Continue reading When you have time

State of the Dream

What's become of Dr. King's "Dream"? Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s many contributions to the public conscience on race relations, the most well-remembered words of his legacy were uttered in his "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered August 28, 1973, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. As we reflect today… Continue reading State of the Dream

Check it out!

Don't assume anything. Journalists preparing news for publication are given the warning to verify their sources: "Check it out! If your mother says she loves you, check it out!". While hopefully "mother's story" checks out, the adage has its merits. The Society for Professional Journalists espouses a Code of Ethics including the requirement that journalists: "Test the… Continue reading Check it out!

There’s a shelter – but how do you get in?

Last week, this blog addressed doing things now that we've thought about doing someday.  One area I described for myself as beginning to pursue is writing, and sharing thoughts through blogging and other social media. Getting something out there for others to read has certainly added to the desire to write.   An outlet for one's… Continue reading There’s a shelter – but how do you get in?

Just don’t plan on doing anything tomorrow

With tomorrow being a national holiday, that surely sounds tempting: just a day to do whatever comes to mind, or nothing in particular.  I feel having a day with a plan like that once in a while is beneficial. There's another way of looking at whether or not we're planning on doing anything tomorrow:  it's… Continue reading Just don’t plan on doing anything tomorrow