Whatever else God is, God is “gracious.” One of the greatest summaries of God’s nature repeated a number of times in the Hebrew Bible is: God is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Exodus 34:6). There is a lot of unwrap there, and to understand regarding the “Who” […]
Love is composed of little things. Grand statements and gestures of caring may excite us, but they are not the substance of love. Love’s substance is the seemingly minor daily exchanges between us and our loved ones. Big things are made up of little things, vast galaxies of infinitesimal particles. Tiny grains of sand compose […]
I have to have some stillness everyday. Usually, I get that in the early morning before the sun comes up, when I engage in “Abiding Prayer.” Here is a meditative poem I wrote titled, “Stillness”: There is a knowing only stillness can convey, A grasping only silence will allow, So that insight may take root […]
Christianity is all about receiving, sharing and giving. These are the three essential dimensions of God’s Love, and the secret to how it is that God as Trinity – the Lover, the Beloved and the Love itself – perpetuates love forever. We could say that God is totally Self-Giving, Self-Receiving and Self-Sharing.
There is a heaven and there is a hell. Heaven is the abode of our consummation in God, hell of our condemnation from God. Both are of our choosing and will. One is our highest destiny, the other our worst fate. One is the promised purpose of our creation, the other the end result of […]
We don’t spend a lot of time thinking about heaven. Not unless we are facing death, our own or a loved one’s. We have all we can handle right now; we are not ready to let go and move on to some unknown realm beyond here, whatever it may be, if it is at all.