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The Parable of the Twins

The Parable of the Twins – For a unique perspective on death as “life after life.” Once upon a time, a set of twins were conceived in the same womb. Weeks passed, and the twins developed. As their awareness grew,… Continue Reading →

We Were Made For These Times

We Were Made for These Times (by Clarissa Pinkola Estes) My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the… Continue Reading →

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 →

The Parable of the Birds

  The Parable of the Birds (Told by Paul Harvey) The man to whom I’m going to introduce you was not a scrooge, he was a kind decent, mostly good man. Generous to his family, upright in his dealings with… Continue Reading →

The Prodigal Son in the Key of F

The Prodigal Son in the Key of F Feeling footloose and frisky, a featherbrained fellow forced his father to fork over his farthings. Fast he flew to foreign fields and frittered his family’s fortune, feasting fabulously with floozies and faithless… 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 →

Just Breathe

A STORY: All I asked her to do was breathe. She was in the emergency room with a neck injury, anxious and afraid - breathing rapidly. I had been practicing 6-2-7 breathing a...

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 ...

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 →

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 →

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...

Choosing to Dance with Mary

Choosing to Dance with Mary “When I was in the sixth grade I was an all-American. I was smart, athletic, witty, handsome–especially with my Vaselined hair wave sweeping back from my forehead. And I was incredibly nice. Things went downhill fast… Continue Reading →

Uncle Seamus

Uncle Seamus: In The Wisdom of Tenderness, Brennan Manning tells the story of Edward Farrell, a man who traveled from his hometown of Detroit to visit Ireland, where he would celebrate his uncle’s 80th birthday. Early on the morning of… Continue Reading →

The Parable of the Flood

The Parable of the Flood A terrible storm came into a town and local officials sent out an emergency warning that the riverbanks would soon overflow and flood the nearby homes. They ordered everyone in the town to evacuate immediately…. Continue Reading →

Catching Monkeys

Way down on the South Sea island of Borneo, the natives go about catching monkeys in a very unusual way. Most of the monkeys are sold to zoos, so the hunters avoid using ordinary traps which can cause disfiguring injuries…. 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 →

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...

Tov, Tov, Tov!

“One afternoon, before anything was made, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost sat around in the unity of their Godhead discussing one of the Father’s fixations. From all eternity, it seems he had had this… Continue Reading →

Akido with Love

Akido with love – The train clanked and rattled through the suburbs of Tokyo on a drowsy spring afternoon. Our car was comparatively empty – a few housewives with their kids, some old folks going shopping. I gazed absently at… Continue Reading →

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