Who ARE you? Really?

Christ is risen! I come from a generation that was suspicious of tattoos! And the generation before me, forget about it! My grandfather, a lifelong police officer, always said that tattoos were degrading to a man. Wow, some pretty strong words, especially in light of today’s generation that consider “body art” a form of expression and even something to be celebrated. Times do change. Now this isn’t about tattoos; whether they are…

Vain Things

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…

Meant for Healthy Communion

Christ is risen! When I was a police officer, we were trained on how to spot counterfeit money. But the interesting thing is we weren’t trained to spot bad bills by studying the fake money. We were trained to spot the fake bills by being obsessively familiar with the real money! We knew each nook and cranny of a real $100 bill (the most counterfeited bill in the world) and when we…

Restore, Establish, & Strengthen

Christ is risen! “Take a vacation” he said. Sure, I’ll take a vacation, but how? I’m busy. There are things that have to get done. People are depending on me. People expect me to be available to them. I HAVE TO work! Sound familiar? Yea, I know, we Type A personalities tend to have a “superman” complex, or, worse yet, a “messiah” complex! We are supposed to “save the world.” and yet,…

Do What He Says

Christ is Risen! I have never found obedience particularly easy. In fact, being a head strong and prideful person, obedience has always made me uncomfortable and even fearful that I was “giving myself away.” So, why is the notion of obedience so prominent in Orthodox Christian teachings and the wisdom of the fathers who have come before us? It has everything to do with just why obedience is so tough. It’s because…

What I Have, I Give – Bright Friday

Christ is Risen! It’s always a quandary for me: do I give anything to the guy holding the sign at the side of the road or will I just be supporting his bad choices? I guess it comes from my days as a police officer. There were too many times we’d question these folks holding signs that said “Stranded Family needs your help” or “Will work for food” or others like it…

Perpetual Renewal! Being Born Again – Bright Thursday

Christ is Risen! “You must be born again.” Hey, where I’m from, that scripture is as well worn as John 3:16. In the ’70’s fad of the “Jesus Movement” (anybody who was paying attention at all to the culture of the early ’70’s knows this) being “born again” was all the rage. Billy Graham wrote a book about it and Jimmy Carter, running for President, made being “born again” a household phrase.…

Cut to the Heart! – Bright Wednesday

Christ is Risen! I remember watching him during the service. It had been a while since he’d been in Church and it was obvious. You see, this man wasn’t just a friend, but a former clergyman. And his life had come off the rails and he found himself away from the Faith and living a way he would have never imagined. So, him being in Church was a real event, at least…

Known in the Breaking of the Bread – Bright Tuesday

Christ is risen! “Now I recognize you!” He was an old friend from High School, and, for the life of me, I couldn’t remember the face UNTIL he made that facial expression he use to make at lunchtime that made us fall on the floor laughing! I love moments like that when the “AHA” moment comes and clarity arrives! It is such a reassuring feeling that maybe I haven’t really lost my…

EyeWitnesses – Bright Monday

Christ is risen! “We have an eye witness.” Well, that got his attention. You see I was helping with an investigation with a recent spate of home burglaries in the area and we had caught a suspect in one of the neighborhoods where this was happening. This young man had been very successful in avoiding being seen or caught in the act until he robbed a house next door to a stay…