The Language of Silence

"Silence is God's first language; everything else is a poor translation." - Father Thomas Keating. Throughout my life, I have spent a lot of time in nature.  As a young boy, I would play in the woods and creek behind our neighborhood.  When I was a teenager, I worked on my grandfather's farms.  In college...well, … Continue reading The Language of Silence

Kindness Matters

Our family tries to have dinner together every night.  This is our time together, without the distraction of television, video games, or phones.  We tell each other about our days, what we have coming up, and pick on their mother. It is sometimes difficult to extract information from them.  I had been asking the same … Continue reading Kindness Matters

On Clouds

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." - John Lubbock “If you can't be in awe of Mother Nature, there's something wrong … Continue reading On Clouds

The Journal

Today is my wife's birthday.  I am grateful that she agreed to marry me.  I am grateful that she is a wonderful mother to our three boys.  I am grateful that she has stuck with me during the bad times.  I am truly grateful for her love. Even though it is a day for her … Continue reading The Journal

Parenting as a Vocation

 It is not our job to toughen our children to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless. – L.R. Knost The moment my oldest son was born is etched in my memory.  As I saw him enter this world and … Continue reading Parenting as a Vocation

Be Aware

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. I don't know the source of this message, but I know that it is important.  We must be constantly aware of how we are … Continue reading Be Aware

Be Still and Know

One of my favorite messages from the Bible is Psalm 46:10 "Be Still and Know that I am God." In the past, I had a problem with the last part of this. The "God" part. This is because religion, especially fear mongering fundamentalist Christianity, which has created an image of a God that will throw … Continue reading Be Still and Know