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Tuesday January 28th 2020

‘Light in the Darkness’ Archives

Hope Tempered With Tears

Hope Tempered With Tears

Back when I was being trained for pastoral counseling, the spirit of this verse was often emphasized: “Like vinegar poured on a wound, so is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.” (Proverbs 25:20) In counseling, you’re taught a lot about listening, about empathy, but as much as anything, [...]

The Ring Of Truth

The Ring Of Truth

In slumber, I sleep In a stupor, I stoop In the sacred, I soar I recently applied for a part-time administrative job at the local zoo. I love animals. Some tell me I love animals more than people. That probably depends on the animal. Or the person. Because I love animals, I debated whether working [...]

A Bittersweet Season

A Bittersweet Season

Like many, Christmas is by far my favorite time of year. There is a richness of life and color. Houses, trees and city streets seem to stand up a bit straighter as we all do when we put on our best clothes. The world shines a pregnant glow. The air grows cooler, and we imagine the warmth inside all [...]

The Pain Now Is Part Of The Happiness Then

The Pain Now Is Part Of The Happiness Then

Today, I'm in mourning. There's a weight on me that feels like the dense pressure in your chest they say is common with a heart attack. I've cried more in the last few days than I have in years. My emotions go from disorientation to shock, from guilt to a sense of peace. I'm in mourning because [...]

Humility and Gratitude

Humility and Gratitude

(Originally written June 2007) A beautiful woman died the other day. And, for my own life, I have no reason at all to complain. Jacqui was to turn 28 in a month or so. She was a gorgeous, petite girl with striking eyes and auburn hair. She was filled with love and with an amazing energy for [...]

The Greatest Of These

The Greatest Of These

(This is a feature I wrote for Good News Magazine back in 2000) How Alzheimer’s other victims have loved, persevered and come to terms with one of life’s most dehumanizing diseases. (more…)

Vengeance Is Mine: An analysis of the spiritual origins of violence and murder

Vengeance Is Mine: An analysis of the spiritual origins of violence and murder

(Note: This may seem a departure from the typical theme of this blog, but given the recent rash of mass shootings, I though it appropriate to re-print an article I wrote several years ago on the subject. Specifically my analysis considers the spiritual origins and causes of such violence. The [...]