Tag Archives: reaching to God

A Theology of Oreo Cookies

Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.”  But I think life is like an Oreo cookie.  The bottom cookie is the world as we know it.  The top cookie is heaven.  They do not exist apart, but … Continue reading

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September 11

September 11, 2011: Ten years, and I find myself grieving all over again – the sorrow, the bewilderment, the disbelief that such a monstrous thing could happen, the anger.  Today, just as in the personal traumas of my life, it is … Continue reading

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Happiness, etc.

Are you happy?  How do you pursue happiness?  I recently received a “forward” whose gist was that the secret of happiness is to depend entirely on God.  I sent it to a friend serving a life term in prison who … Continue reading

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Original Innocence

Innocence.  Here is a word with layers.  Mostly, we tend to think of innocence in a juridical sense, as meaning “not guilty of a specific crime.”  But there is also a deeper sense, which we call the innocence of children.  … Continue reading

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Perfection

8/5/10:  In my Lectio Divina group today, we read Hebrews 10:14 – “By virtue of that one single offering, He has achieved the eternal perfection of all whom He is sanctifying.”  Eternal perfection. My response was an incredulous, “Even me?”  … Continue reading

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Puzzle Pieces

It is to me a marvel, the way seemingly disparate sources give us puzzle pieces that fit together into a unified whole.  I seem to be developing a whole cosmology (or is the Spirit teaching me?) out of bits of … Continue reading

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Life in Prison

I talked today with a young man I know who is in prison for life.  Whenever I see him or hear from him, I am struck anew by the tragedy of a man’s whole life lived literally in a small … Continue reading

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Lent

Lent is coming.  February 17.  A time for being intentional about clearing away some of the obstacles between ourselves and God.  There is a standard practice of giving up something – chocolate, alcohol – for the forty days (minus Sundays) … Continue reading

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