Monthly Archive: October 2005

An Image of God

An Image of God

HE LIVED life surrounded by people who were in some way destitute; people whom life’s struggle had broken and beaten into shambles. They were the castaways of society who endured positions of shame and scorn, or held no particular position and so were nobodies. They might...

The Darkness of Humanity

The Darkness of Humanity

GOD CONSTANTLY reveals himself to us, and so once in a while, for a moment, we notice. Once in a while, we have unavoidable moments of insight that make it plain to us that during all the other moments we are living in darkness. Once in...

Inertia and Drift

Inertia and Drift

IF I SEE life only in black and white terms defined by my countless convictions I may accomplish a great number of things but they will not be creative, alive, and spontaneous with the spirit of God. I may accomplish a number of things that are...

Death Sentences

Death Sentences

I WAS thinking this week of the Terri Schiavo case, a case that bothered me for one simple reason. I mean no disrespect by the analogy, but if Ms. Schiavo had been a cat or a dog, somebody would have been legally charged with wrongdoing for...

The Biggest Lie of All

The Biggest Lie of All

DEFINITIVELY, to live in spiritual darkness means to live according to a falsehood that prevents us from seeing life in terms of its underlying reality. The falsehood that confounds us may be a grand and blatant lie so gargantuan in scope that even the most casual...

To Believe

To Believe

TO TELL my child “I believe in you” is not to make an intellectual statement about my acceptance of the reality of her existence (or the existence of her reality). To tell my child I believe in her is to say to her that with all...

Loneliness

Loneliness

IF WE had to summarize the personal problems of man in the most concise terms using a concept easily understood, we could say man feels lonely, and he spends his days trying to feel lonely no more. We feel lonely, and the reasons number enough to...

Age to Age

Age to Age

YESTERDAY I sat upon one of the swings on your school playground, waiting to pick you up at the end of the day. When you came out to meet me, you wanted to take time to show me around the playground. It was a nice few...

God and Religion

God and Religion

THERE ARE PEOPLE who think they do not want God, but in reality what they do not want is a religion which attempts to sell them a lesser god. They do not want somebody trying to convince them there is only a single, inerrant, infallible, sacred...