The Daughters and Dad

The Daughters and Dad I participated in services this weekend for a family that I have known almost ten years now. Our relationship began when I served as hospice chaplain for a woman who lived at home with her second husband. For some reason, we made a strong connection, and I visited often. I recallContinue reading “The Daughters and Dad”

“How can I know the presence of God in my final season of life?” (or at any time?)

“How can I know the presence of God in my final season of life?” (or at any time?) An excerpt from Walking Home Together: Spiritual Guidance and Practical Advice For The End Of Life When people ask about knowing the presence of God in the midst of their terminal illness or death, I sometimes thinkContinue reading ““How can I know the presence of God in my final season of life?” (or at any time?)”

Being Merciful to Yourself (especially for caregivers)

Being Merciful to Yourself An excerpt from Guide Them Safely Home, Lord: A Caregiver’s Companion Mercy triumphs over judgment. – James 2:13 * * * I recently read an article by Marian Friedrichs in which she shared the following experience: One Saturday, when I confessed yet again to judging other people harshly, the priest toldContinue reading “Being Merciful to Yourself (especially for caregivers)”

Who Inspires You?

Recently on Facebook quite a few friends have been posting a series of musical Albums that have either influenced their taste in music or have been significant to them. I declined to participate, although someday I may post a listing of my favourite ten Bruce Cockburn albums. There are after all 36 to chose from!Continue reading “Who Inspires You?”

Another Look – Sad of heart

Easter Monday Another Look: Sad of heart (Luke 24) “They stopped, their faces drawn with misery…” (Luke 24:18). When we meet our friends on the road to Emmaus, we can see that they are sad of heart. Their faces are downcast, their voices hushed, their shoulders slumped. The two are absorbed in a serious conversationContinue reading “Another Look – Sad of heart”

CM – Another Look: Give Us This Day…

I know what it means to live week to week, paycheck to paycheck. I don’t know what it means to live day to day, without guarantee of a paycheck. I don’t know what it means to be completely dependent on grace and mercy. I may indeed be completely dependent, but I seldom realize it. IContinue reading “CM – Another Look: Give Us This Day…”

CM – Another Look: Richard

Note from CM: I went to a funeral this week of a 96 year-old veteran of both WWII and Korea. As I sat there in the service, I was reminded of this post from a few years ago about one of his comrades. • • • Richard This is Middle America. This is the generationContinue reading “CM – Another Look: Richard”