There is a serenity that comes from knowing at all levels of your existence that God is in charge. Always. I’m not there yet, not by a long shot. I can sense myself getting closer, but I still have a long way to go. Two recent news items tapped into this for me. First, theContinue reading “Serenity”

Julia Ward Howe’s Original Mother’s Day Proclamation

“Arise, then… women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be that of water or of tears! Say firmly: We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken fromContinue reading “Julia Ward Howe’s Original Mother’s Day Proclamation”


Conversation with an elderly relative, an atheist who thinks it’s demeaning to pray, which she characterized as “begging a man for favors:” I said God’s not an old white dude with a beard in the sky, and I don’t “beg Him for favors” either; that’s not what prayer is.  She asked, “So what is itContinue reading “Conversation”

Chag Sameach

Wishing a happy Passover festival to those who observe it. Christians are familiar with Passover because what we know as the Last Supper and commemorate with communion, was a Passover seder.


Today is the first day of Ramadan for Muslims around the world. I read an article about Ramadan … written for non-Muslims … the purpose of which was to explain Ramadan to those of us who know nothing about it. That made me want to dig a little deeper, so I did. Christianity, Judaism, andContinue reading “Ramadan”

Groanings Too Deep for Words

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that forContinue reading “Groanings Too Deep for Words”