Come, O Light, Come

  A heavy blanket of darkness envelops our world on this the darkest night of the year. For those of us living in the northern hemisphere, this winter solstice, this stopping of the sun, heralds the end of the disappearance of light and the beginning of its...

Advent Hope

  I’m wrestling with Advent this year.   I desperately wanted this Advent to be a season of peaceful reflection and soul gripping hope, but to be honest, hope feels especially far beyond my grasp this year. All the Advent talk of desire and...

Lessons From the Gorge, Part 2

  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to turn the page on this calendar year and put an end to 2017. It has been an awfully painful year, hasn’t it? Five terror attacks in the UK. The Barcelona bombing. Mass shootings, car bombs, and suicide bombs in...

The Gorge

  I have recently discovered Ithaca, NY and must confess that I am smitten by its natural beauty. My visits began two years ago when my daughter committed to play lacrosse at Cornell University. Several times a year we would travel to Ithaca for her to attend...

Lessons From the Sea

  I raise my hand to my face to brush aside a tendril of hair that had come loose from my hat in the sea breeze. The fragrance of the sea – salt, fish, sea water – escapes from every pore in my ten fingers and two palms, a pungent reminder of the lobster I...

The Inconvenience of Easter

Jerusalem, Easter 2008   Easter is an inconvenient holiday.   Overshadowed by that other big celebration of the Christian faith – Christmas, Easter is increasingly overlooked in our present culture. It seems that once little children outgrow the desire...

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