Surprised by Eternity

The last day of first grade still pulses in my heart’s memory. Not the whole day. Its beginning and ending have long ago faded from view. I don’t even remember what happened before the bell rang to close down the school year at mid-morning. A wrought iron fence punctuated with massive brick columns surrounded Louisville…

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Untroubled Hearts

Listen to Audio Hearts figure prominently in my personal narrative. My daughter Meredith underwent open heart surgery to repair a hole in her heart while she was just a toddler. While Meredith was still a preschooler and Patrick was loitering in Joy’s womb, my mother Trudy had a cardiac arrest. She fell to the floor…

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Every Exit Is An Entrance

Listen to Audio The late Episcopal priest John Claypool once told the story of a conversation he had with his friend Charlie during Charlie’s final days. John noticed that Charlie had an abiding sense of tranquility. The prospect of dying held no terror for him.  This was no grim determination. Instead, Charlie had a confident…

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Peepholes Into God

Listen to Audio Imagine that everyone you meet is a peephole into God. That’s how Barbara Brown Taylor puts it. Everyone we meet, everyday and everywhere, is a peephole into God. And God invites us, yearns for us, to meet him there every single time. This is one among the many messages of the story…

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