Grief interrupted

As they led Jesus off, they made Simon, a man from Cyrene who happened to be coming in from the countryside, carry the cross behind Jesus. A huge crowd of people followed, along with women weeping and carrying on. At one point Jesus turned to the women and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't cry ... Continue reading

Soul-searching

I woke up one morning in the middle of May with a weird headache. Whenever I bent down or stood up, coughed or sneezed, I'd be seized with a sudden pain between the eyes. A couple of sneezes and it would hang on as a dull ache for the rest of the day. I quickly began dreading that familiar tickle ... Continue reading

Looking for life

A new five-year analysis of the nation's death rates ... found that the suicide rate among 45-to-54-year-olds increased nearly 20 percent from 1999 to 2004, the latest year studied, far outpacing changes in nearly every other age group. — Midlife Suicide Rises, Puzzling Researchers, Patricia Cohen, ... Continue reading

A beginning and an end

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. —Revelation 22:13, NLT (Jesus speaking) Sunday morning I met Thea. Just a day old, tiny and beautiful, she is the first child of our good friends Jeff and Jennifer. Later that afternoon, I joined in the celebration of ... Continue reading

In memoriam

I met a traveler from an antique land Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, ... Continue reading

Beyond the stars

Kelvin: Am I alive or dead? Rheya: We don't have to think like that anymore. We're together now. Everything we've done is forgiven. Everything. —from the movie Solaris Would you know my name if I saw you in heaven? Would you feel the same if I saw you in heaven? I must be strong and carry ... Continue reading

On resurrection and rabbits

James Killeen was a man about to die. Like most people facing death, he wanted to live. He was a member of a small religious sect that believed God was about to work a miracle in response to their faith. And so, when James died in his bed, his wife and the other believers gathered around his body ... Continue reading