Life makes sense. Sometimes. But if we’re really honest, we have to admit that there are plenty of times that we’re just holding our breath and trusting that something will come of this mess, or we feel so much joy that we worry that it has to end sometime, or things are coming at us so quickly that they’re kind of a blur.
|Zhang Xiaogang’s “Writing”|
When my parents were getting a nasty divorce, when I married Joy, when our baby girl was facing open heart surgery, when I got my mom out of the morgue, when I was consecrated fourth Bishop of Western Louisiana, life had lots of loose ends needing to be tied up.
|William James Glackens’ “The Bathing Hour”|
It’s standard practice to read this passage as a lesson about Last Things. And indeed it is. But our misconceptions about the Second Coming get in the way of what Jesus is actually saying.
|Norman Rockwell’s “Surprise”|
That knucklehead who usually drives us crazy has completely blown another deadline or said all the wrong things. And this time you feel compassion instead of irritation. You’ve just seen him from a different perspective.
|Robert G. Harris’ “Too Late to Change” (Saturday Evening Post)|