I grew up reading the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson and his “Summer Sun” poem (below) always comes to mind at this time of the year. The sun is so brilliant and we forget how hot it can get! There’s nothing like the summer sun. It drags us to the beaches for fun and makes … Continue reading Summertime!
“Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain, Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain; Love lives again, that with the dead has been: Love is come again like wheat that springeth green” John M. C. Crum (Hymn 204, The Hymnal 1982) Mother Nature seems as unpredictable as ever. The church … Continue reading On the Brink
I am going to suggest something that might seem impossible: the joy of Lent. Lent is usually the chief penitential season of the Church. It recalls the journey to the Cross, literally week-by-week, as if we were reading a chapter book and had the opportunity to read about and think about all the things that … Continue reading The Joy of Lent
Outside my office window I can see several trees. There’s a magnificent maple in our neighbor’s back yard. We have a couple of dogwoods and a lovely magnolia tree planted by girl scouts when the church was new. Right now, none of them look like much: they are bare. This view reminded me of the … Continue reading Winter Spirituality
Most of us still honor the change over to the new year with the traditional count down and 'ball drop' though that doesn't mean we become aware of the change itself. For me, the change begins with the first check I write. Because it has to reflect the new date and that means remembering that … Continue reading A New Year’s Resolution
What’s the best news you’ve had all year? We are living in dramatic, and for many, difficult times. Each day seems to bring one sorry news story after the next. As many of us get our information across different types of media platforms, we are bombarded by graphic content, fake news, advertisements thinly disguised as … Continue reading Great Tidings of Comfort and Joy
December is devoted to 'getting ready for the Holidays' but Advent is about getting ready for Christmas.