Trust, Hope, Promise

Our weather hasn’t really decided which season it is in, so it’s giving us all four. All these daily changes made me think about the years that I delivered newspapers. The day started early and began by counting out the newspapers and loading the bags strapped across both shoulders. Even though it is many years…

We Aren’t Provided Tomorrow

This was one of those weeks.  Two people died unexpectedly.  Neither I knew well, but well enough. The brother of one of my good friends fell down a flight of steps, suffered significant injuries, and it didn’t end well.  The other was a person I’d served on a community board with and died very unexpectedly…

Game Day

My older brother is into games. Like incredibly into games. He has more games than I have clothes, belongs to a gaming society, and has invented several games. My brother actually met a guy at a gas station to trade games (I still imagine trench coats, sunglasses, and fedoras being involved). Our grandkids are getting…

Face-to-Face

I attended a meeting in Chicago and we had an evening meal with a local church that has seen its neighborhood change.  Like many congregations, the choices are adapt or fail.  This small congregation has decided to embrace refugee and immigrant families and reformat its future. After sharing a meal together, families from different continents…

Being Alone, Alive

Everyone spends part of their lives alone. Even in the midst of the busiest cities, even when surrounded by people, we can be alone. Starting a job where I work out of our home and travel, I’ve been spending more time alone. It’s different. It’s not that I have much to complain about – it’s…

In Two Words

There was a monastery and one of the requirements of this religious order was that the young men must maintain silence. Opportunities to speak were scheduled once every two years, at which time they were allowed to speak only two words. A young monk completed his first two years of training and was invited by…

Image

We were sitting around one night on our trip to Haiti and one of the team members shared they had taken pictures of kids on their cell phone and then showed the pictures to the kids. Some of the children weren’t sure which one of the pictures was them – they’d never seen their own…