Notes from the Other Side – Jane Kenyon

I divested myself of despair and fear when I came here.

Now there is no more catching one’s own eye in the mirror,

there are no bad books, no plastic, no insurance premiums, and of course

no illness. Contrition does not exist, nor gnashing

of teeth. No one howls as the first clod of earth […]

Growth and Asking Questions

I heard Jeffrey Greenman, President of Regent College say, in a talk on ethics:

You grow in the direction of what you ask questions about.

My corollary: It’s when I think I’ve got it figured out that I stop asking questions. Life is a good corrective to such an attitude. God isn’t complacent about our […]

Un-Common Words from A Commonplace Book

Alan Jacobs, in his review of The Complete Words of W. H. Auden in the September/October 2016 issue of Books & Culture quotes an entry from a book written late in Auden’s life entitled A Certain World: A Commonplace Book:

Let me close with one more reflection by Auden, one of the longest in […]

I was working out today while Jesus bled on the cross

I was working out while Jesus bled on the cross today. Good Friday. It was around noon. The “sixth hour”.

Spirit flesh me

Leading up to noon, one of the criminals crucified with Jesus mocked him. The other rebuked him, accepting enough of the knowledge of God given him. He trusted. Which am I?

“It […]