Walking and Blogging

I used to be really good about walking. I used to get 12,000 steps every day, for years. Sure, there were a few days here and there when I failed. But for the most part, I hit my goal almost every day. When I first started this about fifteen years ago, I lost over fifty … Continue reading Walking and Blogging

Christmas Poem XIX: “The Hidden Noel”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 2010.¬† They grow up so soon, they grow up so … Continue reading Christmas Poem XIX: “The Hidden Noel”

Christmas Poem XIII: “Songs of Christmas”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 2004. The Carol of the Bells sounds out Ring-Ding-A-Ding, Ring-Ding-A-Ding … Continue reading Christmas Poem XIII: “Songs of Christmas”

Christmas Poem III: “A Feeling of Love and Utter Joy”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 1994, when I was a sophomore in college. I remember … Continue reading Christmas Poem III: “A Feeling of Love and Utter Joy”

Breathe the Resurrection (Vigil of Easter)

I preached four times this weekend, during the "Great Three Days" worship service that lasts from Thursday evening through Sunday morning. In current Evangelical¬†Lutheran liturgical understanding, this is one long service that begins with Maundy Thursday and ends with the Vigil of Easter. Click here for Maundy Thursday. Click here for Good Friday. Click here … Continue reading Breathe the Resurrection (Vigil of Easter)

Yearning and burning, but always learning

Day 11 of my medical leave. I learned a few things today. Some good, some less good, but all hopefully helpful in this journey to wellness. First, I learned that I have a vitamin D deficiency. Among all the things I was tested for, this was probably the least serious, and the easiest to remedy. … Continue reading Yearning and burning, but always learning