The birth of the Christ-child is a much deeper mystery than what is embodied in most of our Christmas preparations...
We cannot exist in the presence of God until we can exist naked, unafraid, and uninhibited.
Jesus' message is for us to live in such a way now that what we seek in an afterlife becomes our present reality.
Such a (completed) life requires relentless optimism, a bit of faith, and a short memory.
Preparing to die well has many of the markings of falling in love...
Dying Well I lived for thousands and thousands of years as a mineral, And then died and became a plant. And I lived for thousands and thousands of years as a plant, And then died and became an animal. And I lived for thousands and thousands of years as an animal, And then died and … Continue reading Dying Well
Saying Goodbye, Part 5 All the events of life, even such dark events as war, famine and flood, violence and murder, are not irreversible fatalities. Each moment is like a seed that carries within itself the possibility of becoming the moment of change... Henri Nouwen In last week’s Life Note, I shared my experience of … Continue reading Saying Goodbye, Part 5
Saying Goodbye, Part 4 If I die with much anger and bitterness, I will leave my family and friends behind in confusion, guilt, shame, or weakness. Henri Nouwen My Uncle Jim was larger than life to me. He married my father’s sister, Maxine, about the time I was born, so I knew him my entire … Continue reading Saying Goodbye, Part 4