The Original Revolutionary Christmas Message: Still Bolder than We Want & More Beautiful than We Can Imagine

Recently, when my wife shared with me how someone had been super unkind to her (the details aren’t mine to share), something within me wanted twice the suffering to be visited on this person … I may have even half-jokingly talked about going all vigilante ninja, to avenge Lisa, on said individual.  That it’s natural … Continue reading The Original Revolutionary Christmas Message: Still Bolder than We Want & More Beautiful than We Can Imagine

Meditation on the Winter Solstice: The Bliss of Embracing Darkness & Death Like Nature Does

Lisa and I have an ongoing joke, wherein whenever we eat or drink something that tickles the back of our throat, causing us to cough uncontrollably, we ironically say "I'm dying."  Speaking of which, as the days have grown shorter and darker approaching the Winter Solstice, it seems to me I've been feeling death in … Continue reading Meditation on the Winter Solstice: The Bliss of Embracing Darkness & Death Like Nature Does

The Soul Felt Its Worth

Sometime after Thanksgiving I noticed an unsettledness in my spirit, disquiet in my soul, angst in my mind, and ache in my heart. Interestingly, other people have shared they’re feeling similar things.  With winter coming and the season of death approaching, I wonder if we’re experiencing a communal longing.  Could it be that regardless of our … Continue reading The Soul Felt Its Worth

Love is the Essence of What Christmas is: Life Lessons from My Daughter

Will you engage this moment with kindness or with cruelty, with love or with fear, with generosity or scarcity, with a joyous heart or an embittered one? This is your choice and no one can make it for you. If you choose kindness, love, generosity, and joy, then you will discover in that choice the … Continue reading Love is the Essence of What Christmas is: Life Lessons from My Daughter

Meditation on Remembering Life isn’t About Getting and Winning, It’s About Connection and Loving

My birthday was last week and I find myself in a really full and satisfied season of life.  Loving the Seahawks and believing they can still do great things this season, on Sunday I thought of posting on Facebook: "All I want for my birthday is the Hawks to win today and win the Super … Continue reading Meditation on Remembering Life isn’t About Getting and Winning, It’s About Connection and Loving

Christmas Reveals Beauty/Heaven/Divinity Shine IN the Messy Realness and Complexity of Life: Grace Comes IN Our Darkest Hours

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. … Continue reading Christmas Reveals Beauty/Heaven/Divinity Shine IN the Messy Realness and Complexity of Life: Grace Comes IN Our Darkest Hours

Meditation on “Believing” in Santa Claus: Seeing and Living Thru the Eyes of Imagination

I don't remember ever believing in Santa Claus, so, after I had a daughter it didn't occur to me to make him a part of her Christmas.  Yet, way back when she was still only four, we did Christmas morning with my sister, brother-in-law, and nephews.  Blessedly, they were all about the Claus magic, meaning … Continue reading Meditation on “Believing” in Santa Claus: Seeing and Living Thru the Eyes of Imagination

Meditation on Living Christmas Everyday by Celebrating People

The other day my wife playfully, but seriously told me: "Christmas is everyday, because it's in your heart."  Laughingly I teased: "My heart must be awfully crowded, with Jesus and Love in there too!"  Seriously, though, I think she has a great point.  What if we lived everyday like it was Christmas?  I bet we … Continue reading Meditation on Living Christmas Everyday by Celebrating People