outdoors

Savoring winter

"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." Hal Borland, American journalist/nature writer This time of year, I try to think like a skier, savoring what remains of winter rather than looking longingly at the March and April calendar pages. It's winter. And, while spring-like warmth is sneaking in a bit here and there,… Continue reading Savoring winter

community, spiritual life

America’s big-God problems

Some context for WordPress readers: This story posted today on Weelunk.com. The state in which I live has the highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in America. Nora Edinger  January 23, 2019 Editor’s note: In a continuing series about how valley residents express their spirituality, Weelunk hit the road with a trio of New Martinsville residents who… Continue reading America’s big-God problems

spiritual life

May He simply be

"The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight." O Little Town of Bethlehem lyrics Merry Christmas, JOY Journal friends! If you are joyful, may God give you a new song to express it. But, if you are not, know that there is a God of all Comfort, a Friend Who… Continue reading May He simply be

spiritual life

Why does God matter?

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” C.S. Lewis, British author It wasn't a game of stump the teacher. The kid -- eight years old and messy haired -- looked at me in all sincerity and… Continue reading Why does God matter?