“Come”

I may have already mentioned – in some past blog posting – that I do my spiritual reading at the breakfast table each morning. I have a basket by my chair that is overflowing (literally) with back issues of the Christian Century, and books of poetry, autobiographies, and spiritual meditations. Currently, I’m making my way…
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War and Peace

Here we are in the season of peace, when peace on earth — despite our hymns and prayers — seems more remote than ever. And yet, in the human heart we long for peace — for our nation and in our own lives. Is there hope?  Well, here we are in the stretch of days…
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The Turns of Life

There is something about sickness that slows you down, the sleepless nights and the multiple days of recovery time that give you opportunity to think … while breathing in steam from the shower or sitting bundled before a fire staring into the fireplace … for better days ahead. I recently returned from two weeks in…
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Sleep

Last week I took myself off on a silent, private retreat to a Roman Catholic conference center north of Richmond called Shalom House. I went there to rest in part because my spirit was unquiet in recent weeks and I needed to – as they say – get my head together. Among the books I…
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City of God: Faith in the Streets

It used to be that churches would leave their doors open 24 hours a day for anyone to stop in and “make a visit.” But it’s not just inside church buildings that you can find God: in the holy city, God is the temple and dwells among his people. The Kingdom of God is among…
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