In order to obtain a Kansas driver’s license, I had to produce a copy of my birth certificate. While waiting my turn in the license office, I looked over the officially certified and stamped document, verifying that many years ago, in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, California, a male infant was birthed who was named […]Read more "On That Sense of Destiny"
Life is going on at its usual rate when suddenly — wham — a great upheaval sends a tsunami of emotional and/or physical disruption, shattering the previously well-ordered world. Most of the time, people do get through the event, some with a healthy outcome, some with a not so healthy outcome. The “thing”, whatever it […]Read more "On Blaming God"
Change happens. Its is the way of life. However any of us was a year ago, a month ago, even last week, is different than we are today, this moment, here for its brief existence and then counted as “yesterday”. On the wall of our den is a photo of my wife and myself taken […]Read more "On Change and Constants"
At my recent audiology test, the doctor told me one thing he could tell from the results: I wasn’t 15 years old anymore. It’s not time for hearing aids, but apparently, I have a date with that eventuality perhaps in another four or five years. He said I need to take precautions: I may start wearing […]Read more "On Seasons and Change"
Today a friend went home to be with Jesus. In Christian parlance, “home to be with Jesus” is another way of saying someone died. Far from being an effort at denying the horrible reality of dying, it expresses the hope found in the heart of every believer in Christ. In older days, it was common […]Read more "On Death and the Death of Death"
Jared (not his real name) was bullied at school. He didn’t fit in, or at least he didn’t fit in with the so-called “popular” crowd. He became the target of thoughtless invectives tossed for the sake of a laugh — a cheap, cheap laugh. His parents did what they could to affirm him, but the […]Read more "On Bullying"
Many years ago, when a young intern at a very large church, the senior pastor would oversee a contest for all the staff beginning on January 1. It was a weight loss thing, the beginning of some kind of resolution to better health and eating habits. The winner — the one who lost the most […]Read more "On New Year’s resolutions and why I don’t"