You Know Me

Christ is risen! He was wondering why I was looking at him in such an intense way. He had just said something that I completely misunderstood, and, if he meant what I thought he meant, well, let’s just say we may need to step outside! Once he realized I misunderstood him, his confusion turned to panic and he immediately started to explain himself. Whew! That was close. But that’s the way of…

I Am the Door of the Sheep

Christ is risen! There is a huge difference between knowing about someone and actually knowing them. I’ve heard this truth illustrated by talking about identical twins. We have two sets of twins in our parish; one set is easy to distinguish because one is a boy and the other is a girl. But the second set of twins are identical girls! Somebody just meeting the girls would have a hard time telling…

Do You Take Offense at This?

Christ is risen! He looked at me and said something I never expected: “Conflict is necessary for close friendship and healthy relationships.” What? I hated hearing that. In fact, it made me question whether I was trusting the right person with this particular challenge. It was a sticky situation that meant I had to confront someone with a hard truth, and I was trying to avoid that, if at all possible. But…

Eat My Flesh; Drink My Blood

Christ is risen! “Stubborn, stubborn, I tell you.” I can still hear the words of my grandmother fussing about a relative who simply refused to hear “good sense” as she called it. “That boy is a stubborn as a mule!” I confess, as I enter the latter half of my own life, I can look back and see some places where I was just plain stubborn. And my active refusal to hear…

Do Not Murmur Among Yourselves

Christ is risen! As I was studying what to write today, I wanted to look up the meaning of the word “murmur.” Do you know what popped up first in my research? Yep, heart murmurs. The sound your heart makes when it’s sick. I thought about this for a while and decided there was real wisdom here. When I am murmuring (think questioning or doubting or complaining), that’s the “sound” my soul…

The Bread of Life

Christ is risen! In the church I was raised we just didn’t do the Lord’s Supper very often. In fact, there are years where I can’t remember if we did it at all through a particular year. And that didn’t strike me as strange or unusual. After all it was just a “memorial” of a past event. Nothing more. Imagine my surprise when I learned that this attitude towards the Bread and…

The Resurrection of Life and the Resurrection of Judgement

Christ is risen! One of the oldest manuscripts we have for the earliest days of the Christian Faith outside the Gospels is the Didache or “The Teaching of the 12 Apostles.” This ancient writing dates from the First Century A.D. and begins with an intriguing phrase: “There are two ways, one of life and one of death, and there is a great difference between these two ways.” It seems this basic wisdom of two…

Unless You See A Sign

Christ is risen! He was almost breathless telling me about the event he experienced. It was overwhelming to him. He and several friends from his parish were thrilled to have a myrrh streaming icon come to their community and this precious Orthodox convert was simply amazed at witnessing this sign of God’s presence and reality. I experienced this beautiful event myself and shared his awe and wonder at God’s goodness and mercy…

Setting Right Priorities

Christ is risen! It was a moment of truth. You know what I’m talking about; moments in your life that really reveal your inner character. That’s where I was, and I failed! It took me a long time to admit it, but when I finally did, it was like a huge weight fell off my shoulders. Our choices, our interests, our focus, reveals important information about who we are. Our priorities tell…

Time to Shake Things Up!

Christ is risen! T.S. Eliot, one of the 20th century’s major poets, said: “And they write innumerable books; being too vain and distracted for silence: seeking every one after his own elevation, and dodging his emptiness.” It strikes me as significant that an author would write something like that. And, in my heart of hearts, it strikes me as painfully accurate, especially during an election season that presses the thoughtful to places…