We’ve entered a new month. But the virus continues to spread in some countries and job losses mount. Hopes and dreams are still being put on hold, now with cancellations and postponements happening for events in the last months of 2020 as well. Most of us are tired. I’m tired of endless zoom calls, though… Read More Stop and smell the flowers, and don’t lose your humanity in these troubled times
Recently I received the following poetic lament from a dear man who is in our local church. I was so deeply touched by the authentic lament my friend Forest shares, yet how hope and humility fills it as well. Read it slowly, more than once. Add your prayer to his, lamenting and grieving your own… Read More Lament of a friend
Eggshells. Brittle things, really. Easily broken. Useful only to throw out after eating the egg within. We may use the metaphorical expression that we are ‘walking on eggshells’, indicating how fragile or risky a relationship or social situation is. But the reality is that not only do we sometimes walk on them, but that we… Read More Walking on eggshells
It is a month of social interaction, whether related to the lead up to Christmas or Hannukkah or Kwanzaa, or to this coming week’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. That means getting invited to parties, special dinners, food-filled celebrations. Or not. Since 1996 a social anxiety condition called FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) has been known… Read More FOMO or FOBLO????? Or Both?
Have you ever felt trapped or stranded in your own life? Behind a closed door that seems it will never open? At a couple of distinct seasons I experienced this, and if you identify you know it is very dark and difficult. As this holiday season begins, a time which can be lonely and painful… Read More Trapped in the midst of life?
Historical events of injustice, whether personal or national, leave scars. Sometimes the scars are memories, sometimes so traumatic it seems the future will be forever dark. One of the saddest things of history, however well events are remembered, is that it often does not inform our future behavior. On Nov. 3, 1885, in the city… Read More Chinese Expulsion of 1885: the “Tacoma Method”
During a retreat recently led by a colleague, this question came so clearly to me: “Do you have any idea what I think of you?” It had been some time since I had thought about whether God loved me or what He thought of me. Not that I didn’t deeply need the affirmation. We all… Read More Any idea what I think of you?
Life on the margins has its own power, but it also has its own special pain. After all, it is easier to live in the center where power is, where you feel you can have an impact on events and people that the margin doesn’t provide. But throughout history many of the key social, political… Read More Living on the margins away from the centers of power
I am hesitant to write on political matters, whether about my birth nation of the United States or my adopted land of India. But there are times when I find it hard to remain silent. In the last couple of days, the US President uttered these words to four congresswomen, ‘Go back to where you… Read More ‘Go back to where you came from’? Very sad words from President Trump
Ever been in a gathering (or one on one) when someone starts sharing pain from their story, whether personal or group related? Or has that person ever been you? What usually happens? Well, quite often one or more people listening will feel compelled to share their own story of pain, however dissimilar, hoping somehow that… Read More Why do we have to ‘identify’ when someone is sharing their pain?