April 1, 2019

Spring typically conjures up images of robins, flowers and bright yellow forsythia blooms. That's the way spring is supposed to be, at least.

But, the reality of it here in New Hampshire is a bit different. It's mud season. We're deeply grateful for the warmer weather,...

December 21, 2018

Tops on the list of what I love most about Christmas are the season's lights and music.

Although I am not one to outline our house in multi-colored lights or set up lit-up inflatable reindeers, snowmen and Santa Clauses all over the yard, I love it when others do it, an...

December 5, 2018

Winter has arrived early here in our part of New Hampshire.  On the plus side, the final stages of leaf raking and fall clean-up were taken care of  by the snow.  However. . .

We've had three significant snow falls in November, and it's now just barely Decembe...

November 22, 2018

"Count your blessings, name them one by one;

Count your many blessings see what God hath done."

("Count Your Blessings," lyrics by Johnson Oarman, Jr.) I

I have always loved the tune of this old hymn, although I must confess it took me a long time to incorporate its spiri...

April 2, 2018

We tend to view Easter as the happy end of the story of Jesus, but, when you stop to think about it, it’s really the beginning of another story. Our story!

We forget that the resurrection of Jesus is really about the resurrection of all of those who believe in his story...

March 30, 2018

It is noon, and I am sitting in the last pew, in the back of the church.

I am here because it is Good Friday. I do not have any deep thoughts. I do not vividly imagine myself at Golgotha. I am here because on this day I need to do something. So, I sit here quietly.

The l...

December 21, 2017

Despite the fact that stores have been putting up Christmas displays since Labor Day, Christmas still has a way of sneaking up on you.  Suddenly, it’s the week before Christmas, and all through the house, chaos.  There are decorations needing to be brought down from th...

November 22, 2017

Thanks-giving is a by-product of a certain way of looking at life,  a way of looking that has eyes to see the goodness of God and  the goodness of God’s creation, coupled with the awareness that we are undeserving of such goodness.

This awareness of being “undeserv...

April 13, 2017

I’ve lived in New England long enough to know that spring isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Jill and I initially discovered this almost 40 years ago, during our first year in New England.

It was spring break at Yale Divinity School, so it was spring, right? Sprin...

February 27, 2017

We discovered a few days ago that the blog page of our website had been hacked. We took down the inappropriate content of the hacked pages and upgraded our security. So, now, all is well.

Please note that the “Donate” button on our home page is a link to PayPal. That li...

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