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…

One Little Lost Mitten

So I saw this mitten when Bud and I were out on our daily foray into nature this past week. Just a lone little mitten laying on the path that folks of all sizes, shapes and stages take to walk or jog or run or bike. Just one little mitten having dropped out, or been…

Bobbleheads and the Meaning of Clutter

Bed, Bath, and Beyond overwhelms me. Even sitting right here today in my office, where nearly every flat space is filled with papers, files, books, or something someone once gave me, thinking about walking into Bed, Bath, and Beyond overwhelms me. There really is no space not taken in that store – floor to ceiling,…

Seeing Each Other Clearly, Especially Today

When I turned 40, I suddenly needed glasses. I suppose the day before I turned 40 I might have needed them then as well, but looking back (snort), it didn’t so much seem like it. It actually kind of amazed me – they did all the testing and measuring and the clicking with the machine…

Remembering the Saints

Sometimes I think we simply need to be a little sappy, to let our hearts “feel all the feelings” and be reminded that as hard as we work to make things right and good and just, we also need to look around at all the things that are abundant in beauty and depth and blessing.

You Know Who Doesn’t Get Along?

You know who doesn’t get along? Blacks and whites, right? You know who doesn’t get along? Gays and straights, right? You know who doesn’t get along? Christians and Muslims and Jews, right? You know who doesn’t get along? Democrats and Republicans and Independents, right? You know who doesn’t get along? Methodists, and Baptists, and Catholics,…

You know, THAT Drawer

Do you have “that” drawer? You know the one – it’s filled with the most valuable stuff you can imagine, value perhaps that the rest of the world doesn’t see quite so easily, but you do. It’s the stuff that really supersedes any qualitative categorization to fit neatly in any other drawer. When I open…

Generosity in Grace

So one year nearing October a dear friend of mine who has a rather wonderful if not unique sense of humor, sent me the song above and suggested I use it for the annual financial stewardship campaign. I LOVE EG Kight, a southern blues singer that simply brings it. Now you have to know blues…

Peace As We Are

Have you ever played that game that starts with the question: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? I remember in Jr. High reading an article in a teen magazine that said your nose shouldn’t be any longer than from the 2nd knuckle of your index finger to the tip,…

Heroes

    Do we have heroes anymore? Do we need them? Those people to whom we look for inspiration, for courage, for the possibility of living and doing things beyond what we otherwise might imagine or dream? Perhaps we convince ourselves that real heroes are only the perfect. They’re the ones that never stumble or…

Creativity and the Need to Change

I was all pumped about blogging about creativity this week. That somehow human beings have this amazing way of thinking differently about the same thing and when we all put our thoughts together, we often come up with ideas that can, often quite literally, change the world. Someone thought of studies showing the differences between…

Awareness Of Our Family History

Several weeks ago this happened . . . Yup, that’s my piano. When I got my first real job, the first “big” thing I purchased was a piano. Mom made me take piano lessons, I think I started around the 3rd or 4th grade. Mrs. Boston was the spouse of the pastor at the Christian…