Gifts and Measuring Up

I am not going to claim that my wife and I share in the housework 50/50, but I do try to help.  I’ve been known to do dishes, vacuum, make the bed, help with the laundry, and outside yard work is basically my responsibility. What has always amazed me is that when I clean a…

That’s Not Fair

Remember a time when your kids or your siblings or your friend said, “That’s not fair.”  It was usually related to something substantive like someone got a bigger piece of cake. I was watching a news story on a child with cancer and thought that’s REALLY not fair.   So what is really not fair? When your…

Still, Still, Still

Still, still, still One can hear the falling snow. For all is hushed, The world is sleeping, Holy Star its vigil keeping. Still, still, still, One can hear the falling snow. We attended a Madrigal production and one of the numbers was the hauntingly beautiful song Still, Still, Still. What a contrast to what really…

Touch

Touch is important in our lives.  I received a note from a good friend who lost her husband.  She just wants to touch him one more time.  I think about newborn babies with medical issues and how the baby and the parents yearn for touch.  I think about people who are dying from Ebola and…

Thankful

Since it is Thanksgiving week, I thought I’d make a list of things for which I’m thankful: My granddaughter’s giggle Hats for my bald head Remote control for the TV Google Incredible access to health care Dressing (as in the inside of a turkey) Dressing (as in I have clothes to wear) Peanut butter Strong…

Do You Believe or Not?

God has granted me the spiritual gift of doubt.  Closely followed by the spiritual gifts of suspicion and disbelief.  These gifts served me well as a science teacher, a school principal, and a parent, but not as well as a Christian.  I’ve always wanted to know how things work and the details behind the details. …

Showing Up

We watched the movie Hardball, with Keanu Reeves, the other night.  It’s a fairly predictable baseball movie where he works with a ragtag group of kids in the projects of Chicago that comes together to be a team. But two random reflections from the movie.  First, it was filmed in Cabrini Green, which was a…