In recovery circles, I might be described as codependent. That is, it’s easy for me to completely tie my own sense of well-being to that of others. This tendency is […]

You hear the train whistles at 9:30 in the evening and again at 9:30 in the morning as the cars move on the rails through Buffalo, Minnesota. At the King’s […]

How is it possible to get so much satisfaction from clearing stuff out – of the house, the garage, the basement, the closet? For weeks know, I’ve been doing a […]

I finished a pastoral call at Episcopal Homes and turned on to University Avenue to return to St. John’s.  Memories were everywhere I looked.  Before I moved from St. Paul […]

Wisconsin Synod Lutherans didn’t have much truck with saints.  I never learned about a single saint as a Lutheran, even the one our church was named after.  Saints were considered […]

From the time when my generation invented rock and roll (well we did), I have been fascinated with “the media.”  Good “films,” HBO, the New York Times.  (Okay, so a […]

Patient Trust “Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We would like to skip the […]

This year, I’m not buying it all.  I’m being selective, and only engaging those aspects of the lead-up to Christmas that I choose to. I have no self-imposed deadline to […]

URGENCY is the tone of the season; Urgency to get gifts bought and wrapped, cards mailed, gatherings planned, baking to be done, decorations put up.  Urgency to keep the self-care […]

Christmas is not about history. It is about the coming of God into our own lives, again and again. In the serenity of the neighborhood at nightfall after the snow […]