Category: Faith

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”


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”


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”

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”

Blessed Are the Daily Bloggers

Over eight years ago, I started writing in this little corner of the internet with nothing more than a silly name and a struggle to understand my mother’s dementia. I wrote nearly every day. It was as if some unseen floodgate opened. A tidal… Continue Reading “Blessed Are the Daily Bloggers”

The Adult Swim Lesson

I stood in the warm water of the teaching pool helping Nahla (not her real name) float on her back. It was my second time giving adult swim lessons, and, honestly, I love it. Nahla had grown up in another culture, one that didn’t… Continue Reading “The Adult Swim Lesson”

S is for Show

Do not think that you can show your love for Christ by hating those who seem to be His enemies on earth. Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation