On this Memorial Day

The Responsive Litany Almighty and everlasting God who watches over the souls of all who are in your rest: make sacred the memories of those who have died in the service of nation.   We remember those who lie amongst green hills, which are not for them the hills of home. Bless them and keep them forever. …

Riding A Wave

When I was growing up, my maternal grandparents and great grandmother had adjacent cottages on Lake Michigan. Just south of where we now have a lake house. I learned to swim before I was a year old, wiggling out of my Mom’s arms as she held me at the surface of the calm waters. As…

“it what it is”

One of my earliest memories is of watching a set of balancing clowns be put together on a dining table. It was my birthday, and someone in the family had brought the toy to the party. I was familiar with blocks, but I’d never seen blocks that could be stacked sideways. I believe I tried my hand…

What day is this?

In virtually every conversation I have with folks these days, I am hearing how people are struggling with a sense of time. I know one of the very first questions I ask myself every morning, even before getting out of bed, is: What day is this? Quickly after identifying the correct day, I mentally run…

The Theology of the Compost Bin

Kerry and I are spending the majority of this time “sheltering-in-place” at our home out in the country near Dixon, Illinois. We bought this home a year ago after selling the house in Naperville that had been home to our family for more than 30 years. Our “farm,” as we call it, is about six acres…