Category: Recovery

Your Life is Not About You

I have a sweatshirt with this quote, not so much as to insult everyone else, but as to remind myself of when I am most at peace within my own skin. I am most at peace when I am unconditionally serving others. By service, I do not mean anything grand. Service comes in many shapes and sizes. When I intentionally am looking out for … Read More Your Life is Not About You

What Won’t You Do?

Mark Collins, the ex-Navy seal navy, took a liking to the Kid from the quiet corner of the bar. He finished his whiskey and set his draft gentle down, and sighed. The Kid’s back was to him, but he had seen the fear in his eyes when he came in and knew trouble was following. Sure enough, the Thompson street gang entered the bar … Read More What Won’t You Do?

A Joyous 2022 – An Invitation

Last year presented insidious challenges to our collective well-being. We suffered significant losses to the original COVID variant and an explosion of the Omnicron variant, deaths unrelated to COVID, ongoing “populism” politics spurning unhealthy anxiety and hate, economic hardships, and the not-so-hidden repercussions of global warming. These external challenges are in addition to whatever personal demons (metaphorically speaking) we each individually carry on our … Read More A Joyous 2022 – An Invitation

Death

“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.”― Mark Twain I have a healthy respect for death these days, though unlike Twain, I still retain a certain degree of fear regarding my mortality. How prepared can we be for the dimming of our own … Read More Death

(0) Endings Always Bring; New Beginnings

(0) Endings Always Bring; New Beginnings https://orionbrightstar.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/agape-is-gods-love-for-all-souls/ — Read on orionbrightstar.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/agape-is-gods-love-for-all-souls/ A blogger that writes pieces longer than myself! The art of deep thought and wrestling with life’s meaning does not fit well in. Tweet or a meme. This post hits resentments, loss, and worries. My spiritual response…. What lamentations or resentments do I hold today against others? I can think of a few, … Read More (0) Endings Always Bring; New Beginnings

Morning Dews – #5

Where was I again since I last wrote, someplace in Genesis with Abraham and his descendants making a mess of things and their covenants with God and with each other.  Yes, that is right, I said you were dammed.  Unfortunately, your fate has not changed since then; we are all still heading for a date with death.  Our human flesh and our earthly existence … Read More Morning Dews – #5

Happy New Year and Best Self Wishes

Happy New Year! For many, an avalanche of expectation is pending ringing in the New Year.  On Wednesday evening, we will ring in a new decade together (like it or not) thanks to social media and a truly integrated global economy.  What are you anticipating for New Year’s Eve? For 2020?  Are your New Year’s Eve plans set?  Have you jotted down a few … Read More Happy New Year and Best Self Wishes

Where is the House of Worship?

On my little travels, I invariably find time to visit at least one local church.  Anecdotally the church had six American Flags adorning the interior prominently.  This struck me as perhaps over the top nationalism within a holy place, though our nation supports religious freedoms better than any country on earth.  No canon law or church doctrine encourages or prohibits such practices.  Just a … Read More Where is the House of Worship?

The Responsible Self by Richard Niebuhr

On an unwieldy pedestrian day in Egremont, Massachusetts, I picked up a book by H. Richard Niebuhr entitled “The Responsible Self, An Essay in Christian Moral Philosophy.  Everyone recognizes Niebuhr as the reported author of the “Serenity Prayer” that is now infamously associated with Alcoholics Anonymous.   The book was old, dirt cheap, and inscribed “Clinton Lee Barlow, Harford Seminary Foundation, Spring, 1968.”  Cannot seem … Read More The Responsible Self by Richard Niebuhr

Transformation in Christ: Part XI

Holy Sobriety (Chapter 17): Therefore, let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch, and be sober. (1 Thess. 5:6) Thessalonians, a letter perhaps authored by Paul the Apostle, specifically invites us to be sober.[i]  Dietrich Von Hildebrand uses this letter of Paul to start his chapter on Holy Sobriety. Sobriety & Holy Sobriety: Sobriety for most people immediately conjures up that … Read More Transformation in Christ: Part XI

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