On Good Friday: God of My Bitter Hours

I thought it was appropriate to share this beautiful reflection of Joyce Rupp’s, inspired by the theologian Karl Rahner, on Good Friday. I found it in a beautiful book of reflections by Joyce Rupp called “Fragments of Your Ancient Name” by Joyce Rupp. God of My Bitter Hours by Joyce Rupp (Inspired by Karl Rahner) […]

What’s Your Brick Wall?

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This is a piece from my archives. But it’s a good reminder of my brick walls today. “Brick walls are there for a reason,” said Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University computer-science professor who so poignantly taught us how to die in the years after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. “They let us prove […]

Quotes on Courage

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” –T.S. Eliot Poet “The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” –Robert G. Ingersoll “We can do anything we want if we stick to it long enough.” –Helen Keller “True courage is like […]

The Treasures of Darkness

We often equate darkness with sorrow, misery, get-me-the-hell-out-of-here reaction. At least I do. That’s why I keep a mammoth Happy Lite on my smallish cubicle at work. But darkness can also be a treasure. Say what? J. R. Miller writes this in “From Streams in the Desert” by L. B. Cowman: In the famous lace […]

It’s Good to Get Lost

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In her new paperback, “An Altar in the World,” bestselling author Barbara Brown Taylor writes: Popular religion focuses so hard on spiritual success that most of us do not know the first thing about the spiritual fruits of failure. When we fall ill, lose our jobs, wreck our marriages, or alienate our children, most of […]

I Pray For Dawn

If I counted up all the minutes I’ve spent staring into a flame, I wonder how many years of my life that would be. Certainly more than the hours I’ve spent brushing my teeth or combing my hair. It would probably even surpass the combination of bath and shower time. For some reason (like most […]

Lincoln: An Oscar-Deserving Story of Hope

Lincoln: An Oscar-Deserving Story of Hope

The 2012 American historical drama film “Lincoln”, directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, has been nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards and twelve Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. The movie was meticulously done and succeeded in capturing Lincoln’s enigmatic, complex, and charming self. However, it wasn’t […]

9 Ways Humor Heals

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Of all my tools to combat depression and negativity, humor is by far the most fun. And just like mastering the craft of writing, I’m finding that the longer I practice laughing at life–and especially it’s frustrations–the better I become at it, and the more situations and conversations and complications I can place into that […]

Psalm 139: You Are Loved

On the combox of my post, “What Is Your Epiphany,” a reader said that her “Aha” moment was knowing that God loves her. Simply that: She is loved unconditionally by God. That is one of the mottos that I repeat throughout the day, as well. It can be successful in breaking my addiction or attachment […]

I, Too, Have a Dream

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Some of you may recognize my dream, but I like to repost it every now and then to keep it alive and give it legs. In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.: I have a dream that one day I won’t hold my breath every time I tell a person that I suffer from bipolar […]

The Fern and the Bamboo

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A classic that I like to post on Beyond Blue every now and then … One day I decided to quit…I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality…. I wanted to quit my life. I went to the woods to have one last talk with God. “God”, I said. “Can you give me one good […]

Give Up on Being Perfect

In “Being Perfect,” bestselling author Anna Quindlen advises high school and college graduates to work from a clean slate … to give up on being perfect. I keep the gift book beside my computer (with Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements” and many other books, information hoarder that I am) as a constant reminder to be […]

The Cracked Pot

I love this tale from India, retold here by Mary Dessein. What a beautiful way of thinking about our illness, frustrating life situations, or crosses we bear. A water-bearer carries two large pots on a yoke across his shoulders up the hill from the river to his master’s house each day. One has a crack […]