A Jewish folk tale with a twist. How willing are you to share with the hungry and poor? Continue reading The Dirty Bagel
Being a Good Samaritan involves a certain amount of risk. Am I required to be a Good Samaritan to everyone? Where do I draw the line? Who, after all, is my neighbor? The lawyers question is a good one that we all have to wrestle with. But instead of giving us a straightforward answer Jesus tells us a parable to help us wrestle with the issue. Continue reading Like a Good Neighbor – A Sermon on Luke 10:25-37
Every now and then our children surprise and honor us as parents. This is the story of one such moment, when I found a forgotten love note from my adult son. Continue reading A Forgotten Love Note from My Son
This is a parable of startling contrasts, but its central message is simple: be alert to the needs under your nose. The parable invites us to see ourselves as richer in the goods of the world than many millions.
Without an eye for the needy around us, our life becomes self-centered and callous. Jesus is asking us, his listeners, to open our eyes to what is around us, and to open our ears to the simple command of the Gospel: love your neighbor. Continue reading Lazarus and the Rich Man: a Study in Entitlement (Luke 16: 19-31)
At 1:00 when remote learning comes to an end, I can hear the children loudly bidding each other goodbye. The sound reminds me of a flock of geese preparing to take off. Continue reading Fly! Molly, Fly!
You can never comprehend your parents love, until you have children of your own. Continue reading Love on a Backyard Swing
Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ. This story suggests a tradition that you can use to help your children prepare for the birth of Christ by filling an empty manger with straw. Continue reading Filling the Manger with Straw
From an early age, my father instilled in me a love of sacred music. As children we attended church every … Continue reading Learning to Sing at My Father’s Side
This is an invitation for new readers to consider following my blog. Here are four samples of posts from the first year of Musings and Wonderment” Continue reading Happy Birthday to Musings and Wonderment
Have you ever wondered why there are so many different Christian denominations? Zora Neale Hurston in her book Of Mules and Men, tells an African-American folktale that gives a whimsical answer to that question. Continue reading Peter’s Rock (or why there are so many denominations)