Bill Johnson

A collection of spiritual reminders, reflections on going "beyond churchianity" and simple Sunday sermons

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In the Inbox

In the Inbox (by Jose Orez) From: Coordinator of Volunteer Services “We have a young man, thirty-six, on hospice who has a very young child. They want someone to help him do a life review and perhaps put some pictures… Continue Reading →

The Way it Is

The Way It Is (by Lyn Ungar) One morning you might wake up to realize that the knot in your stomach had loosened itself and slipped away, and that the pit of unfulfilled longing in your heart had gradually, and… Continue Reading →

It’s Good to be Dull

It’s Good to be Dull. I watched this video recently and smiled, laughed and chuckled all the way through.  So, I think it’s worthy of making my website as a spiritual reminder.  Always note when you laugh and smile –… Continue Reading →

Relax

Relax (by Ellen Bass) Bad things are going to happen Your tomatoes will grow a fungus and your cat will get run over. Someone will leave the bag with the ice cream melting in the car and throw your blue… Continue Reading →

Life in Reverse

Life in Reverse by George Carlin “The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A… Continue Reading →

If You Knew

If You Knew (by Ellen Bass) What if you knew you’d be the last to touch someone? If you were taking tickets, for example, at the theater, tearing them, giving back the ragged stubs, you might take care to touch… Continue Reading →

The Other Seven Wonders

The Other Seven Wonders A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present “Seven Wonders of the World.” Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes: Egypt’s Great Pyramids Taj Mahal Grand… Continue Reading →

Olly, The Tumbling, Bumbling Jack Russell Terrier

I want to live like Olly.  Thank you Olly for the spiritual reminders! To play, to dare, to fail, without a worry or a care! As the announcer says, of carefree Olly, "He's all over...

Can It Get Any Worse?

A poor man lived with his wife and six children in a very small one-room house. They were always getting in each other’s way and there was so little space they could hardly breathe! Finally the man could stand it… Continue Reading →

Carpe Diem

A wonderful scene in the movie Dead Poet's Society.  "If you lean in you can hear their legacy - Carpe... carpe diem - Seize the day boys...Make your lives extraordinary."

"Gather ...

What Did I Miss?

What Did I Miss? A soul came into a new body, and immediately, forgetting what she was here for, fell asleep at the beginning of her life. The personality she became went about the business of being human, completely unaware… Continue Reading →

Life is a Church?!

Life is a church. I don’t know exactly what it is about this song, but it captures my heart and soul. Give it a listen and let me know if it touches your heart. Maybe it’s because I’ve always loved… Continue Reading →

Stop and Hear the Music

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush ...

Welcome Morning

Welcome Morning (by Anne Sexton) There is joy in all: in the hair I brush each morning, in the Cannon towel, newly washed, that I rub my body with each morning, in the chapel of eggs I cook each morning,… Continue Reading →

A “Good Day” with Brother David Steindl-Rast

A Good Day - with Brother David Steindl-Rast Isn't one of the secrets of life - to be grateful? So simple and yet so powerful. A Harvard psychologist conducted studies that demonstrated being ...

If I Had My Life to Live Over Again

“If I had my life to live over again,” is an article written by humorist and newspaper columnist Erma Bombeck after she found out she had a fatal disease.  My mom enjoyed her writing and I’ve also enjoyed this column… Continue Reading →

Otherwise

Otherwise (by Jane Kenyon) I got out of bed on two strong legs. It might have been otherwise. I ate cereal, sweet milk, ripe, flawless peach. It might have been otherwise. I took the dog uphill to the birch wood…. Continue Reading →

To Live is Rare

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – OSCAR WILDE

A Brief for the Defense

A Brief for the Defense (by Jack Gilbert) Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies are not starving someplace, they are starving somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils. But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants. Otherwise the… Continue Reading →

Our Town: “That’s what it was to be alive”

Our Town by Thornton Wilder (The scene in Act Three where Emily comes back to her life and relives the morning of her 12th birthday.  The specifics of the scene are moving.  For example how her parents call for their… Continue Reading →

The Life of a Day

The Life of a Day (by Tom Hennen) Like people or dogs, each day is unique and has its own personality quirks, which can easily be seen if you look closely. But there are so few days as compared to… Continue Reading →

Your Life in Jelly Beans

What?!  Your life in jelly beans!  Perhaps this would be better to post on Easter instead - you know, with all the jellybeans?  But, it's Halloween today and I'm tying to tie together some though...

Fully Alive

Fully Alive (by Dawna Markova) I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less… Continue Reading →

The Life in Your Years

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Life is not a Problem

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – SOREN KEIRKEGAARD So often I live “unconsciously” and just go through my “plan and ordinary” days facing and dealing with problems and getting so caught… Continue Reading →

Despair

Despair (by Billy Collins) So much gloom and doubt in our poetry – flowers wilting on the table, the self regarding itself in a watery mirror. Dead leaves cover the ground, the wind moans in the chimney, and the tendrils… Continue Reading →

The Hospital Window

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.  One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to receive his daily medical treatment.  His bed was next to the room’s only window…. Continue Reading →

Live Deeply

“It is not the length of life, but depth of life.” – RALPH WALDO EMMERSON Live deeply!  Yes, yes, yes!  To live deeply for as long as I can!  Thank you Ralph!  And God,, may it be so.

Everything is Holy Now

I've experienced the sacredness and holiness of God and life in many church services over the years through the music, aesthetics, preaching, communion, God's word, the Spirit, the gathered commu...

Snow Geese

Snow Geese (by Mary Oliver) Oh, to love what is lovely, and will not last! What a task to ask of anything, or anyone, yet it is ours, and not by the century or the year, but by the hours…. Continue Reading →

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