Unfortunately, many people today choose to view God as distant, observable and manageable. To them, he is close enough to consider, yet distant enough never to impose nor interfere.
I am wrapped round with unfulfilled resolutions, cotton candy oaths that unspool and melt in the heat of the next day.
Hopefully these 10 things I learned from caregiving can help you be more prepared to enter 2014. The sorrow I've seen being around Alzheimer's really has shown me how interconnected we all are.
As millions of Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Christmas and their belief that God entered human history as a poor tiny baby, let us remember all the poor babies and children who struggle to live and realize their God given potential in our own rich land and all around the world today.
We're a unique civil society, not founded on any specific religion or faith, and public sensitivity to the beliefs and feelings of others is part of being...civil.
The pain, fear, sorrow and grief that all of us experience at moments in our lives can be overwhelming, as can the petty anger, the envy, the ambition and the greed that we experience almost every day.
Don't get me wrong, I am shopping for presents too, I'm no monk. But the point of these holidays is not presents. It's our presence
The second week of Advent is a week during which Christians meditate on the spiritual experience and practice of preparation. I offer the following daily meditations earlier believers made as they awaited the fulfillment of God's promised presence.
We are part of a magical, beautiful, and suffering Earth, whose darkening we have created with our endless exploitation. The Earth, which is so infinitely generous, needs our prayers, needs our loving, our open hearts and remembrance.
Christians of the world are calling on our leaders to act. We are not asking for anything more than we know can be done. Join us in prayer at noon on Dec. 10 and together we can create a world in which the lowly are lifted up and the hungry are filled.
Waiting has been a powerful spiritual theme in my life, especially with regard to decades of delay in being able to live as a fully adult man, delayed for decades as a transgender person stalled by both doctors and religious mentors in a wilderness experience of confusion and falsehood.
You are exactly where you are meant to be if you are filled with peace, acceptance, compassion, and love for our fellow humans.
Why did I feel sustained from the Facebook posts, rather than overextended from an all-you-can-eat buffet of status updates? Facebook felt different on Thanksgiving, because friends were not posting information about themselves.
This prayer can be redeemed at retailers on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, or whenever you are buying stuff no one needs.
It seems fitting that this year Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide as both are celebrations of survival. The Jews had survived the destruction of the Temple and the Pilgrims survived the almost certain destruction of their very lives.
Asking yourself periodically throughout the day, "What am I praying for?" shines a very revealing light on your thought process and the influence of your soul's design.