Yom Kippur 5782

It was a bloody affair. For the High Priest, and the people waiting in the balance of heaven’s mercy, the Day of Atonement as prescribed in Leviticus 16 was a bloody affair. Each year on the tenth of Tishri, the priest first sacrificed one bull to cover his own sins. This prepared the way for…

Fall 2021

September morning breezes whisper the unrooting of summer’s green carpets and blossomed meadows in anticipation of the changeless mystery of autumn and the foretelling winter’s barren bone. While down below ancient earth produces again the necessary spools and spools of burnished color to unravel, with giddy delight, across the mountains, hills, and plains. The opened…

To Safe Haven Inch-by-Inch

Hurricane Harvey, summer of 2017. We are sick of hearing about it, and we are not. It’s heart wrenching and heartwarming at once. On August 22, the wind howled while the black stormy sky dumped 50 inches of rain in the Houston area. Some heeded warnings and “got of of Dodge” in time, while others…

Seeking the Fountain of Life

“For with you is the fountain of life, in your light we see light” (Psalm 36:9 NIV). Great explorers worldwide have searched for the “fountain of youth.” They should have been looking for the Light of the World. In that luminous discovery, they would have found the illusive “fountain of life” that goes way beyond…

The Rain

Drenching. Rains. I am so grateful for a couple of drenching rains in the last few days that have fallen on parched ground and swollen and restored withered roots. After a record hot summer, fall downpours are penetrating deeply into the dry cockles of the Texas soil and Texas soul. These big, fat drops are more…

Rain

We have been traveling in Israel, Cyprus, Ethiopia, and many other places for the last 11 months and have gotten used to a Mediterranean climate. There are many wonderful things about it … The first thing is that I flat feel better in an arid climate. My sinuses dry up, my joints quit aching, my…