How well do you know your heart? Is it just an organ that goes about the thankless but important task of beating the way it should moment by moment, keeping the blood pumping through your veins and your body working properly? Is your heart filled with warm emotions like love and hope and anticipation? When […]Read more "An Overflowing Heart"
Many years ago I made a trip west and found myself walking along the Columbia River in Oregon. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been—so lush and majestic—it was almost too much to take in. You may remember the Columbia River as the place where Lewis and Clark realized they were […]Read more "Building Bridges"
When you were little and you needed comforting, what was it—or who was it—that did the trick? For me, the person who could always help me feel okay again was my Great-Grandma Roos, a playmate 77 years older than I was and an endless source of love, fun, and tenderness. If I woke in the […]Read more "The Comfort of God"
Hopefully, as you sit here this morning in this beautiful place, among Friends, you feel a sense of ease and peace. For these few moments we share together, there’s nothing else to do, nowhere else we need to go. We can just settle into the quiet, listen for God together, and feel filled up by […]Read more "Paths to Peace"
Happy Father’s Day to you if you are a father, have had a father, or have loved someone who is a father! I read some interesting research this week that showed that being a dad makes men happier and more satisfied with their lives—and apparently most dads would choose time with their kids over […]Read more "Prodigals All"
Just generally we humans don’t like surprises much, though there are few exceptions, like surprise birthday parties or romantic marriage proposals. But when you’re out playing tennis on a beautiful Thursday evening, laughing with your grandkids, the kind of surprise you don’t want happens when you go high to return a ball, and go over […]Read more "Finding the Path"
Do you know that moment in the evening-time, when you finally sit down to rest—maybe on the deck– after picking up sticks and pulling weeds and mowing the grass and fixing supper and cleaning up the dishes? It’s that moment when everything’s done that’s going to get done today. A time when you can relax […]Read more "Being Content"
Well, you’ve probably already heard the sad news that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Friday, which means we’re in for six more weeks of winter. So don’t put your snow boots or shovels away just yet. It’s realistic to expect we’ll have more days of frigid winds and slippery surfaces. Which is depressing, isn’t […]Read more "Getting to Acceptance"
Well, like it or not, we slid on the ice right into a new year. For some of us, the change is jarring—kind of like the way we resist changing to Daylight Savings Time. For others, it’s a relief to see 2017 go. No matter which group you belong to—sad to see the year go […]Read more "The Gifts of Imperfection"
Last Tuesday night I gave a presentation on the family-centered care at hospice for the folks at the Greenfield Kiwanis Club. The meeting was held in the back of a Ponderosa restaurant and it was just packed in there—there were probably 60 people present. We never did get the technology figured out so the PowerPoint […]Read more "Confession, Quaker Style"