Children · Politics

Hearts of Stone Out of Touch on the Question of Human Life

I cannot begin to fathom how the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Bill once again failed to pass in the Senate! No one can look at a sonogram image and deny the presence of a life, a human life, a unique and separate being. Only an individual with a seared conscience and a heart of stone… Continue reading Hearts of Stone Out of Touch on the Question of Human Life

Nature · Solitude

The Stranger in the Woods…So Much to Ponder

I’ve just finished reading The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit. It’s the compelling true story of a twenty-year-old who drove his white 1985 Subaru Brat into central Maine, dropped his keys on the center console, exited the vehicle, started walking without knowing where he was going, and disappeared… Continue reading The Stranger in the Woods…So Much to Ponder

Christian Faith · Sports

Shifting Focus to the Gentlemen

A couple of days ago, I was so incensed over the barbaric conduct of some Eagles’ fans that I posted an article I have since taken down. I regret having shared it. The team shouldn’t be smeared by the brutish and boorish behavior of the few. Far better to focus on the gentlemen who are… Continue reading Shifting Focus to the Gentlemen

Education · Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing · Media

Go Play By Yourself: Friendships, Shutdowns and Quark

Type “mean-spirited memes” into your search line and nearly a million “results” will appear. I reached a point yesterday when I had just had enough of all of the gotchas, gibes and jabs being thrown across the political spectrum. So I added my comment to a string under a friend’s post of Trump’s misstatement that… Continue reading Go Play By Yourself: Friendships, Shutdowns and Quark

Christian Faith

The Rest is Part of the Making of the Music

He withdrew… to a solitary place (Matthew 14:13). There is no music during a musical rest, but the rest is part of the making of the music. In the melody of our life, the music is separated here and there by rests. During those rests, we foolishly believe we have come to the end of… Continue reading The Rest is Part of the Making of the Music

Christian Faith · Church · Persecution

An Apparent Defeat May Result in Victory

In today’s entry in Streams in the Desert, I was reminded of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who were thrown into an enormous fiery furnace when they refused to abandon their allegiance to the living God. Here was an apparent victory for the enemy. It looked as if God’s people were going to suffer a terrible… Continue reading An Apparent Defeat May Result in Victory

Books · Writing

Waging the War of Art

My husband just picked up a new book and insisted he needed to read the introduction to me. Therein, the author thanks a specific individual for helping to keep her “focused and sane (more or less) through the war that is writing a book.” I was reminded through this of the words of Steven Pressfield,… Continue reading Waging the War of Art

Christian Faith · Christian Ministry

Store Up Comfort

Comfort, comfort, my people, says your God (Isaiah 40:1). God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters. –John Henry Jowett Store up comfort. This was the prophet’s mission. The world is full of comfortless hearts, and to make you sufficient for this lofty ministry, you must be trained. And… Continue reading Store Up Comfort

Christian Faith · Church · Religion

Chastising Myself

I have been chastising myself since last night. I had been in conversation on Facebook with a Jehovah’s Witness who had set up the straw man of John Shelby Spong as an “authority” on the subject of hell. He was using a video-taped interview with the heretical, now retired, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of… Continue reading Chastising Myself

Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing

A Time for Everything and a Season for Every Purpose

[Originally posted in 2013.] “There is a time for everything and a season for every purpose under heaven.” Time. From time to time. For the time-being. Time-honored, timeless, timely, time-sharing, time-worn. Time heals all wounds. Time wounds all heels. Time is always a circus packing up and moving away. Living is entirely too time-consuming. Time… Continue reading A Time for Everything and a Season for Every Purpose

New England

A Dyed-in-the Wool New Englander Waitin’ Out the Stawm

I am a dyed-in-the-wool New Englander. I’ve often used that expression over the years without ever knowing its origin and I never thought to ask other dyed-in-the-wool New Englanders why we refer to ourselves as such. I’d read, at some point, that the expression means “thorough-going and uncompromising” but it wasn’t until today that I… Continue reading A Dyed-in-the Wool New Englander Waitin’ Out the Stawm

Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing · Literature · Sanctuary

Unforgiveness: A Loose Cannon Below Decks

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:12-13, NIV, 1984. French author Victor Hugo, best known for Les Miserables and The Hunchback of… Continue reading Unforgiveness: A Loose Cannon Below Decks