family life, spiritual life

Enough light to keep from falling

“There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-68 It was because of No. 2 pencils. We needed them. For one of those testing milestones that punctuate the teen years. My feet -- safe from falling -- even in the dark. "Let's walk to the store," my… Continue reading Enough light to keep from falling

spiritual life

Has our bloodthirsty world left us anemic?

“All crosses had their tops cut and became T's. There was also a thing called God.” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World When Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine, traveled from Caesarea to Jerusalem in the early AD 300s, the ink on the Edict of Milan was barely dry. In theory, the document provided respite and… Continue reading Has our bloodthirsty world left us anemic?

family life, spiritual life

7 things I’ve learned in a week without running water

"When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:2 It started before dawn one day last week. Three of us were already up and having breakfast when a low rumble began in the backyard and morphed into a trembling that could be felt through the house. Our… Continue reading 7 things I’ve learned in a week without running water