Memento Mori

Halloween is the favourite holiday of some of my favorite people and yet it’s still my least favourite holiday. Which I guess just goes to show that people are different, and we can still be friends, right? From my perspective, at minimum, Halloween decor detracts from the natural gorgeousness of New England in autumn. (IContinue reading “Memento Mori”

One Part of the Body

This one time I had cancer. There was a particular part of my body that was being attacked. My M.O. as regards my own health, especially at the time, was usually to let things run their course. I would usually try to eat more or less healthily, I worked out occasionally. I preferred to avoidContinue reading “One Part of the Body”

Deathbed Confession

Less than a week ago I was preaching about how Jesus Christ conquered death and how that in fact has changed everything–both in the here and now, and in the not yet. The next morning I had my dog euthanized. I still believe every word I said on Sunday, but the fact that a wholeContinue reading “Deathbed Confession”

The Expected Unexpected

Earlier this year, I was all excited about life-trellises, or rules of life. I was excited because life was finally getting manageable; I had two jobs (church and this here Pilgrimage) and they were both finally fitting into the appropriate number of activities for the appropriate number of hours and people were still being caredContinue reading “The Expected Unexpected”

First World … Formation

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial that has come upon you, as though something strange were happening to you… (1 Peter 4:12) Sometimes, if they seem open to the idea, I suggest to people that God doesn’t ask us to go through the sorts of things He wasn’t (isn’t?) willing to go through Himself. He became a human being for that very purpose. And HeContinue reading “First World … Formation”

Full of Light

My grandmother died a week ago Friday. She was the last of my grandparents to go, the last of her siblings, and it feels, in some ways, the last of her generation (except for many of my hospice patients, of course). I mean, They don’t make people like her anymore. Today was her funeral. ItContinue reading “Full of Light”

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