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01
Feb

Communing with the ancestors

Last month when I was vacationing on St. John’s Island, I had a wonderful afternoon hiking with my 20 year old son Andrew along a trail that went over the small mountain on the center of the island.  We came upon this lovely spot where water collects in small pools among boulders.  There are primitive […]

31
Jan

The movies we watch

In the past week we’ve watched two powerful movies in our home. Hotel Rwanda deals with the genocide that took place in 1994 in Rwanda, telling a story from the point of view of a man who managed a four star hotel which became, by necessity, a refuge for over a thousand people who otherwise would have […]

26
Jan

When is life over?

Hey, it was heartening to write a post yesterday, meager though it was, and have three of you write responses within two hours. Thanks, guys! There is a great deal of discussion in medical science as to precisely when life is over, but I’d like to come at the subject from a somewhat different angle. […]

25
Jan

A duty to rejoice

The story is familiar: Jesus is a guest at a wedding in Cana in Galilee.  Way too early, the wine runs out. Jesus turns six huge jars of water into the very best tasting wine. Now, if you are like me, perhaps one of your reactions to this story is, Hey, this seems a somewhat […]

25
Jan

Getting back on the horse

A month has passed since last I wrote something on this blog.  I have my excuses.  I went away for two weeks for vacation (which was really quite good) and then there was a stomach virus and then a cold.  But mostly it was the fact that I got out of the habit. When I […]

11
Jan

The Eulogy for Katherine Schreiner

The Eulogy for Katherine Schreiner Katherine Schreiner was born on September 1st, 1913 in Newark, the youngest of five sisters.  (There were two brothers who died very early on.)  The family home was at  94 Stuyvesant Avenue.  The family didn’t have much money, so things like piano lessons were out of the question; nonetheless, Katherine, […]

24
Dec

Encouraging Mary

I want to give Mary, mother of Jesus, some attention. Surely she deserves it. The first thing to keep in mind is that Mary was probably only about fourteen. Women got married in those days soon after they menstruated — soon after their bodies went through those jarring changes that marked a girl had become […]

24
Dec

Christmas Dream, starring the Edwards-Eiring Family

  Christmas Dream We strode into Bethlehem looking for the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes. Bobby said, “Geez, it’s dark here.” Jeff, evoking a fatherly tone, said, “Yes, in Jesus’ day they didn’t have any electric lights, so it got really dark at night.” Kate and Andrew exchanged a look, rolling their eyes. Sarah was wondering […]

21
Dec

The shortest day

This is the shortest day of the year. I’d suggest we savor the light today, knowing that Mr. Sun got out of bed late this morning. He’ll be pulling the covers up over his head in just a little while, as though the day were just too much for him to bear. It seems like […]

15
Dec

Looking Back, by Trudy Hunt

Time will steal your hopes and dreams if you are not eternally vigilant.  Years go by so quickly while you’re busy planning and doing.  The good times, the fun times stand out from the rest, but it seems there are eons of time lost between each step.  There were bad times and sad times, chances […]