Easter Good News
Posted on March 28, 2016

A dear friend recently contacted me about the death of his mother-in-law. There is no way to make such loss easy, nor would I try to do so. Death is real and raw. Nonetheless, part of my response to him was: “She will be in a wonderful Place on Easter!” I believe that because I believe Jesus. He said: “And I, if I be lifted up, will draw all others unto Myself.” (John 12:32)

Jesus Won
Posted on March 21, 2016

I’m writing this blog about EASTER during the season of LENT. As I write, it’s not even Holy Week yet. So, why am I doing this? Why on earth would I fast-forward past the Season to the Day?

What To Do With Memories
Posted on March 14, 2016

Page and I watched the movie “Youth” recently. In fact, we watched it on the week of my birthday, which was somewhat unnerving since it is a movie about aging (the title notwithstanding). It stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, and Jane Fonda as people of years who cannot undo what has been done. One character, a famous actress, is simply trying to cash in on a storied career to earn sufficient funds to move to Miami and call it quits. Another, a brilliant composer/conductor, has become “apathetic” (his word) and no longer feels he can contribute to the world around him. The third has a desire to create one more film, one last shot at crafting his legacy as a director. Each has memories that bring emotional pain, recollections of moments they cannot retrieve and decisions they cannot undo.

Actions and Words
Posted on March 7, 2016

My mom had a phrase she used from time to time, but only in emergencies: “Hell isn’t hot enough for someone like that!” She did not intend her words theologically. I’m pretty sure she did not believe in the literal existence of hell. She used those words when someone committed an act so evil that it defied description, let alone understanding. She applied it to the perpetrators of the Holocaust and to people who abuse children (or animals). When she couldn’t find words that were adequate to depict how a human being could carry out an act so heinous, that was her phrase of choice: “Hell isn’t hot enough for someone like that!”