- She lay awake, struggling to communicate with God, knowing that God knew what she wanted to say, but trying to put her feelings …? Was it depression? Or was she just tired, after working all day and then coming home to feed the cattle, care for her sick husband, fix supper, do the dishes, wash clothes, and …? The news. Maybe she shouldn’t listen to the news before she went to bed. It was never good. The COVID. More and more people were dying every day. Every twenty minutes, they said. She wondered what city was being wiped off the map. The politics. She had never claimed any particular party. She was frustrated with both of them. Whatever one party wanted, the other refused, even though under another president, that was what they claimed to want. It was like the Hatfields and the McCoys. What would be left of their democracy when this was over? Why couldn’t they work together, like they used to when she was younger?...
- Bret Turner teaches in Oakland, California. His “Puzzle of the Week” last week asked this: “I am the beginning of everything, the end of everywhere. I’m the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space. What am I?” Those of you who are familiar with childhood riddles may know that the answer he was looking for was “the letter e”. Don’t worry if you didn’t get that. You probably would have if you had read it instead of just hearing it. In any case, Turner posted his riddle on Twitter, followed by this statement, “The first guess from one of my first graders was ‘death’ and such an awed, somber, reflective hush fell over the class that I didn’t want to tell them that actually the answer is the letter "e", which just seemed so banal in the moment.”...
- ("Several years ago I was watching a video on the Hospice experience. A couple was being interviewed. The wife was terminally ill and her husband was determined to take care of her. They had always taken care of each other and rarely did they ask for outside help. But the woman's terminal illness was overwhelming. Finally, the couple surrendered to the idea of Hospice care...")
- ("Here is how the world was created. Somewhere in the formless universe lived Apsu, the sweet fresh-water, and Tiamat the salt sea waters, mingling together. They begat the god-children, and then there came grandchildren and great-grandchildren...")
- ("Henri Nouwen, a Dutch priest who spent his last years living among people with mental handicaps, centered his faith on the understanding that all of us are the beloved sons and daughters of God. He believed that one of the largest spiritual tasks we have is to claim that love as our own and live our lives based on that great truth...")
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