“Daddy, Daddy,” she whispered soft and gentle, her tiny fingers tenderly tapping my shoulder. I awoke to my daughter breathing in my ear. Her quiet voice continued, “Daddy, it’s time to wake up. We’re going to the bookstore.” I rolled over and saw her smiling at me. She was snuggled warm in her pink footie … Continue reading What about life takes your breath away?
Because I’m driving I cannot close my eyes, but I can imagine that I do. I see her sitting next to me. I can feel her hand. We hold hands, like we did when I was a child. I can feel her soft, motherly touch. I smile as I see her bobbing her head to … Continue reading Your Love Proves Immortality
“Jesus took the bread and blessed it. Then He broke it in pieces and gave it.” He puts you into His hands. Not just one hand, but both hands. With all of His ability to hold you, He holds you. “Jesus took the bread.” Then He raises you up, close to His face. He places His … Continue reading Blessed Pieces
In Henry James’ The Beast in the Jungle, he tells of John Marcher’s conviction that an extraordinary event will occur in his life. Where and when this event will take place, he has no inkling, but only that it will one day certainly take place.7 Because the notion is so grand, he keeps the promised … Continue reading What in life are you waiting for?
Henri Nouwen was at the pinnacle of his career. Having taught at Notre Dame and Yale, he was now a Professor at Harvard. His books were bestsellers around the world. He was famous and in demand.1 The success in academia was substantial, teaching at the best universities, with the best contracts. Henri was able to … Continue reading Who do you work for?
There is something lacking even in a perfect relationship with God. The progression of Eden’s words were: “good,” “very good,” “NOT Good.” The Genesis poem says: The LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone,” so He made family. Life is not complete until there is divine love between you … Continue reading Love Thy Family
I know what it's like to have someone love you more than anything else in the world...know what it's like to have that lift you, give you value, hide in it... And then my mom left this world. There is something about love that proves our immortality. The longing to be with another again...it must … Continue reading Can love prove eternity?
When I finally returned to the church, I was disheartened by what I saw. Eugene Peterson made this observation: “The vocation of pastor has been replaced by the strategies of religious entrepreneurs with business plans.” 12 The purposes of God’s church ought to be the love of all. “It must hold God and man in … Continue reading Does a church love itself, or others?
Love is personal. Love does not place people into categories; rather, it sees each person as the unique being they are. Five years ago, I met the wife of a detained immigrant man. She reached out to me for help: transportation to work and an immigration lawyer. I called a local church who enthusiastically promoted … Continue reading Human dignity frees us to experience infinite joy
On each visit, I check in with the front officer. After he verifies my ID, I ask for permission to embrace my father. Often my dad chokes up when we hug. His voice breaks when he says, “Son, I love you. I’m happy you came to visit me.” Tears always appear as I listen to … Continue reading My Dad’s One Question from Prison