When God Hides His Face

The English psychologist and analyst D.W. Winnicott once said “It is a joy to be hidden, and disaster not to be found.” Since we humans were made for communion, the disaster of not being found is particularly terrifying to us. We all long to be loved and known and we all are terrified of being discovered and our true selves exposed! No wonder we are so confused! But what happens when it…

Tons of Information And STILL Blind – Sunday’s Homily

On this Sunday of Orthodoxy, we are called back to the centering vision of the God Who has become visible for our salvation. The victory of the icons in the Church is meant to reinforce the central teaching of the Orthodox Faith that God became VISIBLE for our salvation. We are now meant to make God visible to our world as well!

Don’t Play With Fire!

I was a firebug when I was younger. Fire fascinated me, that is until one day when I burned myself playing with fire. It’s amazing how instructional pain can be if you let it! But why is it we keep insisting on learning life’s lessons the hard way? Why do we so consistently find ourselves ignoring wisdom for the prideful notion that “the rules don’t apply to me?” I’ll tell you why,…

God Doesn’t Hate You!

All the sins and mistakes of all the people in the world who have ever lived all combined together and multiplied by a thousand plus ten can NEVER overpower God’s love and peace! Individually, our sins can never overpower Him. Collectively, our sins cannot exhaust Him. If that were remotely possible, He would not be God. Taking this further, if you think for one second that God “can’t” forgive you and that…

Making A Deal with the Devil!

Most of us know the German legend about Faust and his deal with the devil. Faust is a bit of a con man but he’s unhappy with his life so he sells his soul to the devil in exchange for unlimited earthly knowledge and pleasure. Of course, the story doesn’t end well and is meant to be a morality tale to warn us of the folly of trading eternal things for temporary…

Wisdom Means Learning to Love Discipline

One of the most vivid memories of my childhood was a punishment I received for making a mess in the basement of our house when I was just a boy. But this is what made it so memorable. The truth is I was always a kid who took the rules seriously. Of course, this didn’t sit too well with my younger brother who seemed to absolutely love getting into mischief. I was…

Wisdom Lights the Way!

A wise man once said “You only get out of life what you put into it. Don’t expect more until you do more.” Wow. That’s something to let echo in your head a bit and see what kind of insights it produces in your own life. Of course, that’s the purpose of wisdom. Not to be just a pithy phrase on a bumper sticker, but a light to illumine “dark” places in…

The House of the Wicked; The Abode of the Righteous

“A home is more than just where you live; it reflects who you are!” As I contemplated this quote, I wondered about the advice I’ve received through my life about the importance of making your bed every morning. I listened to this wise military man say this to a crowd of graduates at a ceremony and he got a laugh initially, then he told them he was very serious. When you make…

Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart

Do you know why I hate curve roads? Because I can’t see what’s coming! And when I can’t see what’s coming, my brain starts filling in the blanks. And when that happens, I usually imagine the worst! Then fear sets in and that makes me blind to what is truly in front of me! I hate curvy roads! Life can be like a curvy road, and when I am not formed by…

Here’s How to Endure!

I never understood what my mom meant when she would say “This is going to hurt me more than you” when she’d discipline me until I became a parent myself. It’s really true. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying God hurts more when He disciplines me than I do. God isn’t like me and His peace cannot be disturbed by anything. If His peace could be disturbed then that would…