EARLY BLOOMERS

As a result of several mild days with more sunlight, I noticed the first evidences of blooming in my neighborhood.  Then, as is usually the case at this point in the calendar, more winter weather came.  Now I am worrying about those early bloomers, whether they will...

SPIRITUAL GEOGRAPHY

As a way of coping with the frequent relocations required by my career in ministry, I learned early on to be largely inattentive to place.  No sense in getting attached to a particular home or a particular neighborhood, I figured, since I would not be there for long. ...

THE SPIRITUAL VALUE OF DECLINE

In Gift from the Sea, author Anne Morrow Lindbergh observes how we tend to interpret the waning of passion in a relationship as something negative, a sign of things gone wrong.  To counter that conclusion, Lindbergh develops the metaphor of tides that alternate...

THE SLOW PACE OF WINTER

The area in which I live had its first snowstorm and serious cold of the season during the last few days.  As happens every year with winter, I watched myself and my neighbors learn, again, the different functioning that winter requires:  extra layers of clothing,...

OPENING THE DOOR

A favorite story that shows up in Christmas sermons and candlelight services each year recounts the presentation of a Christmas pageant in which a developmentally challenged young man plays the role of the innkeeper who turns away Mary and Joseph when they are seeking...

The Riddle of Santa Claus

“How does Santa get to all the houses in one night?” “How does Santa know what each kid wants for Christmas?” “What if your house doesn’t have a chimney—how does Santa get inside?” “How do all the presents for the whole world fit into one sleigh?” On and on the...