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Hope Rising From the Ashes

Hope Rising From the Ashes

It’s Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season in the western church. Tonight I’ll receive a cross of ashes on my forehead, along with the words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” 613 more words

Occasional Essays

A Funeral

I haven’t had much to say lately, so lucky for you I haven’t been blogging. I thought I might do a glimpse into my journal — those are always popular with the voyeuristic among you. 1,071 more words

The Spiritual Life

Grief Observed

“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. 533 more words

When bad things happen

Know that you are in the presence of a mystery. You do not know why this has happened or what purpose it serves. You only know that it is. 87 more words

From The Counsellor

Four Ways to Keep Christmas Simple in '16

“So, are you ready for Christmas?”

It seemed like almost every other store clerk I encountered this past Advent season asked that question of me. The implied message was obvious. 1,320 more words