Why?

Karl and his family

"I don't know why I wandered out to this part of Texas drunk, and you took me in and pitied me and helped me to straighten out, married me. Why? Why did that happen? Is there a reason that happened? And Sonny's Daddy died in the war, my daughter killed in an automobile accident. Why? See, I don't ... Continue reading

Hold on

bird-versus-wind

The created world is continually decaying, even as new life bursts from the ground every spring. Great trees succumb to disease and fall, mountains gradually erode away, sometimes with terrible swiftness, as we saw recently in rural Washington state. We baby boomers, who once felt invincible, have ... Continue reading

Walking backwards

backward-running

I do not consider myself to have "arrived" spiritually, nor do I consider myself already perfect. But I keep going on, grasping even more firmly that purpose for which Christ Jesus grasped me. I do not consider myself to have fully grasped it even now. But I do concentrate on this: I leave the past ... Continue reading

Stay warm

fire

While I was burning brush this afternoon, I was thinking about the cold winter storm approaching the eastern US and how I would want to be curled up in front of a good fire if I lived in its path. May you be toasty warm and safe as the arctic winds blow. ... Continue reading

Joy

starry-night

Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people." — Luke 2:9,10, NLT He called her a vile name, and ... Continue reading

Mexican paper wasp

Mexican paper wasp (brachygastra mellifica)

Here and there as you wander around Oaxaca, you'll run across these sorts of nests hanging from tree branches or under the eves of houses. They are quite impressive structures, and always busy with activity. Unlike the sorts of bees' or wasps' nests you find in North America, I've rarely seen these ... Continue reading

Mercy from a long way off

walking-home

To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: "A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, 'I want my share of your estate now before you die.' So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons."A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and ... Continue reading

Syria and isolationism

cruise-missile

"At town hall meetings in their districts, the congressman reports, House Republicans are hearing 'an isolationist message.' It's not America's war. The evidence that the Assad regime used chemical weapons is ambiguous, maybe cooked. There isn't a compelling national interest to intervene. 'Let ... Continue reading