It Is Not Okay

…I keep wanting to tell myself that things are getting better; that things will get better, but there are days when I am not so sure. I preach a gospel of good news and hope, but some days the news isn’t good, is it? It’s really bad news and bad news for so many, and...

Long-Distance Runner

Last week, I was in a meeting of ecumenical faith leaders here in our city. It was the first Zoom gathering and like a lot of other meetings these days, more people were present than usual. This would be the last official meeting for one of our colleagues who is...

Laughter

Lately, I have been laughing at myself a lot. It helps. It’s far better than crying; better than feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or angry. Yesterday I laughed at myself trying to put people into a breakout room on a Zoom call. Lord, have mercy! Earlier in the week, I...

Listen with the Heart

In addition to the death of our own Tommy Uzzo this week, I was saddened to hear of the loss of Dr. Lorna M. Breeny, an emergency room physician here in our city. The caption of The New York Times article that appeared on Wednesday read: “Top E.R. Doctor Who Treated...

Birds of the Air, Lilies of the Field

I am grateful for the birds that sing outside my bedroom window every morning. They are the best kind of wake-up call announcing the start of a new day and that the sun will soon rise, for which I always grateful. It doesn’t take long to add to that gratitude list: a...

The Easter Season

One of my meditations this week included an excerpt written by Henri Nouwen: The cross is the main symbol of our faith, and it invites us to find hope where we see pain and to reaffirm the resurrection where we see death. The call to be grateful is a call to trust...