One Day At A Time

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” said Laozi. And a new year, he might have quipped, begins with a single day. Yes, 2018 is here, and 2017 – which paradoxically moved at the speed of light while grinding away with all the breakneck pace of a retreating glacier, is in the history books. It was a historical…
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The Times Demand It

As Hurricane Irma struck St. Thomas this year, the staff of a small nursing home worked furiously to prepare the dozen tenants in residence. In spite the staff’s heroic efforts, however, the building soon shuddered beneath the storm’s fury. Water began rising inside, the building’s doors were sucked away, and the rooftop eventually went airborne…
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Unopened Gifts

There is a Zen story about a young, impulsive warrior who made it his ambition to depose the legendary Master of the village. Making his threats and challenge public, a large crowd gathered outside the Master’s meager home to witness the contest. As the young man arrived with a cheering, jeering entourage, the old Master…
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Consolation Is A Prize

One of the lesser read stories of Advent is about Simeon, an old prophet who encountered the days-old Jesus and his parents in the Jewish temple. “Simeon was righteous and devout,” Luke’s gospel says, “and he was eagerly waiting for the consolation of Israel.” We all face the challenge of “wait problems.” No, that’s not…
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Co-Opted Christmas

Each December many a believer enters the Holiday Wars with more energy than it takes to power Clark Griswold’s Christmas lights. “Keep Christ in Christmas” is the battle cry. But Jesus really isn’t the reason for the season. For Christmas, as we celebrate it today, is a rather modern invention. For the first few centuries…
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