The road of life and faith is one that is made by walking together, yet each of us must choose for ourselves how we will join in this journey. Jesus gives us a powerful example of what it means to willingly let go of status and privilege for the sake of others. Are we willing to do the same? What might that look like and where might it lead us both as individuals and as a congregation?
Sometimes death arrives when we are ready for it. When we’ve seen it coming. When we’re prepared. Sometimes, but not always. Within the past month I’ve found myself surrounded by untimely deaths. Though death is one of the greatest mysteries of life and faith, these deaths have been particularly hard to make sense of. The death […]
The 21st century is a difficult time to live as a compassionate, caring person. Not because there aren’t people and situations to care deeply about, but because there are so many. We’re bombarded with painful, tragic stories from near and far. It’s like trying to drink from a firehose. In a world of instant global media seeking to tug at our heartstrings and moral consciences so that we might watch or read what they have to say, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. We have to re-learn how to care.
Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. Wanderer, there is no road — Only wakes upon the sea. ― Antonio Machado, Campos […]
Go for a walk or a bike ride down the Cardinal Greenway and you’ll quickly begin to notice engraved boulders, regularly spaced along the trail. Watch closely and you might even spot an old concrete pillar with some numbers on it, marking the distance along the old rail line. Such milestones have helped travelers along this route for generations to track where they are on their journey, how far they’ve come, and how far they have left to go.
Life is full of different kinds of milestones. Birthdays & anniversaries. Firsts. Lasts. It’s human nature to look at our lives and find ways to mark the passage of time and distance.