The biblical account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is a prominent source of teaching regarding faith and hope in Christianity. Christians believe this miracle happened, as did Jesus rising from the dead (the resurrection). As the centuries pass, there is a reductionist tendency to focus on Christ’s moral teachings rather than the miracles performed. From my point of view, there are … Read More War Part 4: Lazarus
They chose not to surrender. The NYT photo below depicts three women armed to resist. The tears in their eyes are real. The guns heavy in their hands. The transport van somehow shadowing impending death. I “feel” glad they chose to fight. This feeling is filled with awe and respect for the people of Ukraine. Perhaps a little vicarious sense of vengeance and justice … Read More War Part Three
I remember President Trump being unable or unwilling to address gracefully the deaths of political foes or deaths that were inconvenient politically. Others before him did a better job on the national stage. Most of us can take off our fighting gloves when death visits us, even if only for momentary pause, a recognition of a fellow humans light being blown out for the … Read More Tribute to Rush Limbaugh?
(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
As yet, the day is untouched by humans and probably the better for it. The COVID pandemic is cleaning the environment at rates never seen since the industrial revolution introduced massive pollution to our eco-system. The morning dew is on the grass, and everything is peaceful as we prepare to see the sunrise. I am naturally a P.M. writer. Today, however, I have been … Read More Morning Dews # 1
John Donne, Ernest Hemingway, or Metallica? John Donne, a Catholic poet (late 1500s), concluded a poem with the same title above with “Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee. Besides this famous poem, his last sermon was called “Deaths Duel,” pictured above. Hemingway uses this title for the story of Robert Jordan, an idealist demolitions expert who … Read More For whom does the bell toll
Holy Sorrow: I have a pair of spectacles from my deceased brother that remain powerful to me long after his death. His death and the premature death of others close to me have challenged my faith in God as a pre-adolescent well into adulthood. Unexpected, unfair, violent, and premature deaths jolt our very core of an all-powerful God. I have been at times defenseless … Read More Transformation in Christ: Part X
I cannot imagine caring for patients with “St. Anthony’s Fire” in the 1500s. Our medicines have come along ways and palliative care nurses are by the sides of those facing unremitting symptoms, torment, and anguish. Nevertheless, patients with serious conditions are faced with their own mortality and the instinctual drive to defy our destiny with ashes. When to fight on, what medicines to … Read More Isenheim Altarpiece: A Portrait of Agony; a Message of Hope