November 30, 2015

Pray for me — I’m blest

We have been so fortunate over the years when it comes to storms, disasters, and other troubles that radically disrupt life. There are many, many people in Indiana this summer who have not had the same good fortune. We have had wave after wave of severe weather, including tornadoes, dangerous straight line winds, heavy rainfall […]

Scenes from the Desert

Here is a gallery of scenes from the desert for you to enjoy. The pictures were taken in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and the McDowell Mountain Sonoran Preserve in Arizona. Seeing the images is obviously not the same as being there, but perhaps they will provide the opportunity for you to take a wilderness journey of your […]

Report from the desert (2): The golden hour

Photographers and cinematographers love “the golden hour” (sometimes called “the magic hour”). This describes the time of light right after sunrise and right before sunset. During these periods, the sun’s light is more diffuse and softer, bathing the world in a pleasing reddish-golden hue. I took the picture above yesterday at McDowell Mountain Sonoran Desert […]

Report from the desert (1)

I’ve been here in the desert for a couple of days now. The temperature only strays below 100 degrees after the sun goes down, and soon makes its way back up there by around noon the next day. I don’t seem to be bothered much by it; in fact, I rather enjoy it, though I’ve […]

A Memorial Day Meditation: Pentecost and Memorial Day

   It is an odd conjunction of special days: Pentecost Sunday and Memorial Day (U.S.A.). Memorial Day looks back and commemorates the sacrifices of the past. Pentecost, an event which grew out of the greatest sacrifice and triumph, looks forward to a new day. The one recalls war. The other anticipates peace. One emphasizes what […]

Another Look: If you are not afraid, you are not human

First posted in July, 2013. • • • Hello. My name is Mike, and I am afraid. I am afraid of life, and I am afraid of life’s end. I am afraid of being alone, and I am afraid of being with people. I am afraid of hatred and I am afraid of love. Truth […]

A Strange and Awesome Conclave

A Strange and Awesome Conclave Inside the kingdom of night I witnessed a strange trial. Three rabbis, all erudite and pious men, decided one winter evening to indict God for having allowed his children to be massacred. An awesome conclave, particularly in view of the fact that it was held in a concentration camp. But what […]

Under Roiling Skies

The skies today in central Indiana were as wild as any I’ve ever seen. Such contrasts! Here and there, brilliant patches of naked blue broke through a pervasive chaos in the firmament, suggesting some paradise beyond the swirling fury. White, black, and every shade of gray between percolated across heaven’s dome. There was no discernible […]

Reunions Are Not Enough

Reunions make me sad. I enjoy them, but in the end, they do not satisfy. As I wrote last week, we are spending this weekend with friends in the congregation of our first church, where we served from 1978-1983. A Friday evening service, Saturday breakfast and evening music night with ice cream social, Sunday worship […]

What about Job’s Kids?

I had an interesting picture in my facebook feed the other day.  I don’t usually repost much, but this one really caught my attention as it represented how I was feeling that day. On particularly rough days, when I’m sure that I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting […]