What makes a long marriage work?

  Not everyone will marry. Not everyone wants to—and not everyone should. But long marriages fascinate us all. “How’d they do that?” we wonder, especially around Valentine’s Day.  “What’s the secret of your long romance?” someone asked a happy pair celebrating their golden anniversary.  “Since we both retired, we take …

Love your postal code

At a seminar the Preacher and I attended last year, noted Christian leaders challenged believers to do a better job of living our faith in our local communities. One of them, author and futurist Len Sweet, used the phrase “loving our own postal codes.” A bearded man across our aisle …

In the beginning, God created

“Those are some gorgeous paintings,” said my son-in-law, viewing our new artwork for the first time. The nightscape and seascape perch on the piano ledge in our living room. In a space too often cluttered with the stuff of life (a child’s Noah’s ark set, animals wandering at large; books …

Let’s just grow up

Every time I listen to the news, I think of how many of us need to stop acting like children (darling as they are!) and just grow up. Stop getting out of sorts when we don’t win. Stop playing with guns. Stop pretending we’re the best at everything. Stop reaching for …

Tripping over Christmas–again

 Considering the way most Christians traverse this sacred season, I suspect that in our privately casted Christmas pageants, the character most of us play best is not the Gloria angels, they who released Heaven’s news to a gaggle of odiferous shepherds.  Neither do we emulate the shepherds themselves, gasping, gaping, …