Category: Faith

K is for Known

God is not fully known when He is only “known” by the understanding. He is best known by us when He takes possession of our whole being and unites us to Himself. Thomas Merton, Bread in the Wilderness It is the “great mystery of… Continue Reading “K is for Known”

A is for Advent

In Seasons of Celebration, Thomas Merton reflects on the writings of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Saint Bernard spoke of three advents of Christ. The first advent is “that in which He comes to seek and to save the lost.” The third advent is “that… Continue Reading “A is for Advent”

A Year With Merton

2019 is the year of Encouragement. (I wrote about it here.) 2019 is the year of No Snark. (I decided this after laboring over a response to an upset swim mom in December. She had been rude and unreasonable, so the first things I… Continue Reading “A Year With Merton”


Every man, however matter-of-fact and prosaic, likes to receive his presents wrapped… He hesitates to cut the string; he prefers to untie the knot, to unfold the paper, and so to come slowly upon the fond surprise awaiting him. The contents element he will… Continue Reading “Unwrapping”

Boreham’s Introduction to Advent

I hate the saying “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission.” And yet… I’m going to do that. If F. W. Boreham was alive, by all means, I would ask. “Could I please, please, please, put your introduction to My Christmas Book on my… Continue Reading “Boreham’s Introduction to Advent”


At church on Sunday, the visiting pastor asked people to share “God moments” during a time when people usually share prayer requests. I knew exactly what I would say if only I were brave enough. My God moment had started at the end of… Continue Reading “Treasure”

Flowers and Weeds

Monday was not a great day. I had taken my father to meet with his brother. It was great to see my uncle and my cousin. While my father was so happy to see his brother, I was struck by my father’s struggle to… Continue Reading “Flowers and Weeds”

Morning Hymn

I bought this book a few years ago. It has been waiting patiently for me. I didn’t go looking for it. The book found me. Things I like about the book: Marbled book boards. Isn’t it pretty? Inscription — I’m a sucker for inscriptions,… Continue Reading “Morning Hymn”

Communion Bread

A few months ago, one of the ladies asked me if I could help with communion, setting it up three or four times a year. I would be replacing a woman  who had been showing signs of dementia. I had my first turn this… Continue Reading “Communion Bread”

P is for Presbyterian

Both my mother and father were deeply involved in the Cooperstown Presbyterian Church. From my mother’s obituary: Perhaps most central to Elinor’s life was her steadfast devotion to the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, for it was there that she faithfully blended her love… Continue Reading “P is for Presbyterian”