Half As Long


“Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Psalm 23 When Cassie Worley’s father, the well-known, beloved psychiatrist Dr. Charles Steck, died, one of the several scripture passages Cassie and her brothers selected for the service was Psalm 23. Cassie told me that when she and her family were evacuated to Mobile following Katrina this… Read more →

I Ain’t Gonna Study War No More

“…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks… neither shall they learn war any more.” Isaiah 2:4 I was in my 7th grade English class when the teacher made the dreadful announcement that President John F. Kennedy had been shot.  This alone was heartbreakingly tragic, but, compounding my sense of horror and sadness, was the… Read more →

No Hurry, No Worry

“Hurry,” said Carl Jung, “is not of the Devil; it is the Devil.” This week I spent two days at a clergywomen’s meeting where we were encouraged by the guest speaker to “hurry less, worry less,” only to return to work on Thursday to face the tyranny of time: two days behind, work backlogged, crises in progress, and the usual… Read more →

Half As Long

One of my favorite movies, adapted from the book by Norman McLean, is  “A River Runs Through It,” the story of a preacher’s two sons growing up in Montana.  A student of scripture will recognize this story as a deft retelling of Jesus’ parable “The Prodigal Son.”  A parent will be moved by the poignant portrayal of a father’s love… Read more →

Broken Wings and Busted Halos

At our annual children’s Christmas pageant,  I was sitting in a front pew among the ranks of little girls dressed in their brand new angel costumes as they waited patiently waited for their cue to go on stage and sing.  (Did I say “patiently”?)  It must have seemed a small eternity to these littlest ones, for first they fidgeted, whispered,… Read more →