Serenity, Courage, Wisdom

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. I had a friend for many years who started every day with the Serenity Prayer. She had been in recovery from alcoholism for 17 years at that time, and said…

Love Our Neighbor…As Ourselves?

  I think I finally decided yesterday, since it was Valentine’s Day, it might be time to put away my nativity set. Someone mentioned to me recently that Ash Wednesday is two weeks from today which kicks off the season of Lent. So yes, I suppose it’s time to put away the nativity set celebrating…

To the Mountains

I’ve always liked going to the mountains. Who doesn’t, really? From the Kansas City area there’s that whole ‘drive across the state of Kansas’ deal, but even then, there are places along the way that can pique an interest. Take Topeka for instance, our capitol city. Have you ever taken the tour of the State…

Blessed Are Those Who…Play Ping Pong?

We’ve inaugurated, we’ve marched, we’ve reacted to the inaugurating and the marching. We’ve watched, we’ve heard, and we’ve decided whether or not to engage in sometimes more and sometimes less meaningful discussions, perhaps unfortunately mostly on social media. We’ve supported, we’ve ranted, we’ve moralized, we’ve demoralized and, my guess is, we’ve rarely changed anyone’s mind…

Out of the Fog

It’s foggy in our area this morning. Earlier, the news reported that the “frozen fog” weather phenomenon is dangerous because not only can people not see clearly, the light film of moisture can freeze in different places and cause dangerous conditions for people both walking and driving. So there were multiple fender benders on my…

I’m Inadequate.

I’m inadequate. I know that’s not a shock, but most particularly this day I feel inadequate to comprehensively speak on Martin Luther King Jr. and the ongoing conflictual state of race relations in the United States and our local community. As we approach the day set aside to celebrate the life of one who was…

Opera, Anyone?

  So opera. Season ticket holders? Can’t wait for the season to start? Know when opera season actually is? Is it sorta like Chiefs or Royals seasons but different?!? True confession, I’m not a connoisseur of fine opera. I did not grow up being exposed to much classical music and certainly not having any sense…

All That Resolution Stuff

We’re so close – within sight and breathing distance! A New Year is about to appear and all those past year shadows and rays of sunshine and challenges met and challenges unmet and mountains climbed and mountains too steep and valleys slogged through and valleys left for another day and moments of laughing until you…

In Search of Christmas Card Jesus

So baby Jesus. No bait and switch on this deal, just know right up front that this blog is about baby Jesus. The Bible is a good place to start concerning the “reason for the season” right? We’re essentially two days and a few hours and minutes away from the start of the first Christmas…

Kittens and Coincidences

So this happened… The first weekend of December 2016, Santa came early? Or, sad-eyed cats from rescue shelters know exactly how to cry a heart-rending meow just as an emotionally ragged animal-loving pastor walks near. It just so happened that I ruined a tire on my car. The details aren’t important – it’s enough to…

What’s So Special About Snow?

It’s supposed to snow today. Well, at least it was five days ago when they started predicting it. None of our meteorologist friends, including our favorite Extravaganza man Brian B., were completely certain, even from the beginning – maybe a dusting, maybe up to two inches… maybe nothing. I secretly was and still am sorta…

When Christmas Is Over, Is Anything Different?

Marian Wright Edelman, in her essay “Standing Up for Children” included in the book The Impossible Will Take a Little While by Paul Rogat Loeb, starts with this: Dr. Benjamin Mays, president of Morehouse College and mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and thousands of other Black youths, including me, once said: ‘The tragedy…