Category: Faith

Highest Possibility

I can love you only when I meet you where you are, as you are, and treat you there as if you were where you ought to be. I see you where are, striving and struggling, and in the light of the highest possibility… Continue Reading “Highest Possibility”

Bedside Prayer for an Aging Parent

The following prayer was written nearly six years ago when my mother was hospitalized. She was eventually discharged, but then died later that year. I share it today because I know so many people are now caring for their own elderly family members. I… Continue Reading “Bedside Prayer for an Aging Parent”

A Gentle Answer

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) I’ve been fighting the Snark Monster in my heart the past few days. Every response that I begin to form in my mind to an on-line discussion goes… Continue Reading “A Gentle Answer”

Flawed

Arrogance is the opposite of humility. It compels us to treat our limitations not as unique openings through which God can reveal his goodness but as diseases to be cured. Susan Annette Muto O LordYou made me flawed I was about to say that… Continue Reading “Flawed”

Questions

And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” John 9:2 O Lord,I know it’s not a question ofWho sinned, orWho made the firstFalse accusation Do You really careWho had the first violent protest, orThe… Continue Reading “Questions”

Prayer for a Divided Country

… In the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail. Book of Common Prayer, “For Our Country” My heart caught in my throat when I saw the news yesterday afternoon. I couldn’t look away from those scenes I didn’t want… Continue Reading “Prayer for a Divided Country”

On Ideas

Since writing the other day about dumb ideas and the perils of sharing them, I’ve been thinking more about it. Thomas Edison said, “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.” If that’s true, I am on my way to having a… Continue Reading “On Ideas”

On Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias passed away yesterday. For him, it was going home. But for us, it’s a time to remember how he touched our lives. In 1982 (or thereabouts) Ravi Zacharias came to Syracuse and spoke to the college-and-career group at the Christian & Missionary… Continue Reading “On Ravi Zacharias”

Blessed are the P’s

Blessed are the Painters of pictures for their work brings joy to others. Blessed are the Painters of chicken coops for they beautify the world, or at least a tiny piece of it. Blessed are the Preservers of the Past; blessed are those who Push… Continue Reading “Blessed are the P’s”

For Those Who Work Behind the Scenes

Blessed are those who work behind the scenes — the dishwashers, the line cooks, and the sous chefs, the delivery truck drivers, and the shelf-stockers, the shut-ins who pray, but say, “I wish I could do more,” the gardener who weeds and weeds and… Continue Reading “For Those Who Work Behind the Scenes”