Tuesday, April 1

After a walk this morning, we had a great breakfast.  Later, I read two fine things.  The first was by Tracy Letts, author of the Tony-winning “August: Osage County.”  He wrote about his play, “I was committed to finish the work.”  Not to write a great play, or even just to do some good writing, … [Read more…]

Monday, March 31

When I feel close to God, I am at my house in the garden.  I walk over to my favorite spot and wait.  Then the birds come down like angels from heaven.  They circle around me reassuring me that everything is perfect.  As they circle around me, God is hugging me his warmest hug.  They … [Read more…]

Saturday, March 29

Psalm 147:3 — He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. One of God’s greatest gift to us is brokenness because it brings us from me to we.  Love — Danielle Pappas

Friday, March 28

I was living with my in-laws in Indianapolis.  I remember the nurse at Methodist Hospital telling me, “You should be dead.  Why are you smiling?”  This was the first day of the rest of my life.  Let me tell you, it was the beginning of Gods power over me. I died in my in-laws bathroom … [Read more…]

Thursday, March 27

The Prophet Isaiah has some powerful words to share about what kind of fasting truly pleases God. In Isaiah 58, the writer says, among many other things, that a fast acceptable to God is one in which we do not hide ourselves from our own kin (see verse 7). If we choose not to hide, … [Read more…]

Wednesday, March 26

My most memorable moment, when I truly experienced the grace of God, was in September 1988.  After a brief  period of 18 years of drinking and using other mind altering substances to extreme, my mental ,  physical, and spiritual being was to the breaking point.  With great reluctance, I sought help and entered a treatment … [Read more…]

Tuesday, March 25

Serving on the pastoral care team is a special privilege that I have been blessed with for a number of years.  My first visits occurred when I was serving as a seminarian.  Initially I paired off with one of the clergy, and then I went on my own.  One particular visit sticks in my mind.  … [Read more…]

Monday, March 24

It was a chilly Sunday, Dec.  25, 2005, Christmas day.  Over the preceding few years my world had been turned upside down mostly from my own terrible choices and decisions.  I was living on Washington Street and upon waking that morning felt like I wanted to be in church, a place I had not entered … [Read more…]

Saturday, March 22

1976: the culmination of three years of writing that left me in Maine with an unpublished manuscript, the utter inability to start another, no job and a failing marriage.  My wife asked that we separate for the summer. So I stuck my life on a 10-speed bicycle and began pedaling west. I had never ridden … [Read more…]

Friday, March 21

HINDER NOT THE LITTLE CHILDREN “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew, Chapter 19, Verse 14 They say that your life flashes before your eyes during traumatic events.  That may or may not be true for many … [Read more…]