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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Stomach flu

So last night the virus that had Bobby on Sunday night got a hold of me.  It wasn’t pretty. I think of people who experience this kind of distress a lot — people going through chemotherapy for instance.  I feel for them.  For me, I know this is just a passing flu and I will […]



Last night at 1 p.m. Bobby woke up vomiting, with severe pain in his gut.  We went to the emergency room, staying till 8 a.m. to rule out apendicitis.  Thank God he is okay.  Sarah, Bobby and I are exhausted. Need to sleep to regain my perspective on most everything.  They use sleep depravation to […]


Extended family

I was talking with a couple of people from my church about Christmas memories. They described legions of uncle and aunts and cousins gathering for great feasts; distinctly happy memories. I never had much of an extended family. When I arrived at Parsippany UMC my first born son was still in diapers. Yesterday he turned […]


Looking back

It has finally gotten really cold outside.  This is good in terms of the concern some of us had that global warming had taken away the winter cold for good.  Nonetheless, the body has a hard time adjusting to the cold after so much mild weather, and for me at least the warmth is missed. […]


One more day

Once upon a time there was a woman who was having some strange symptoms so she went to see her doctor. The doctor gave her this startling verdict: I’m very sorry to have to tell you this, but you have a terminal illness. You are dying. There isn’t really anything we can do to forestall […]


My dog, by Al Booth

(The following was written for one of our church’s writing groups.)  When it became time to begin putting down on paper those thoughts that had been occupying my mind ever since I heard about this writing group, I found myself suddenly stumped. Then I looked down and saw two sad eyes staring back at me. […]

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