Inclining toward joy

Inclining toward joy

Today has been typical. I waded into my email inbox, determined to respond to new messages so that I could get on to the rest of my to do list. Hours would pass before I came up for air. There is satisfaction when I accomplish a task, but I don’t make room for joy. At...

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On forgiving the world

On forgiving the world

Rather than thinking about forgiveness I send my love to the child who dies at our southern border attempting to flee from a changing climate to the grieving father who thought he escaped from a dark future to the patrol agents caught in a broken system to the...

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Forgiving past wrongs

Forgiving past wrongs

Sometimes, it’s the old hurts that seem deepest and deadliest. Those are the ones we hang on to. They come to define us. They seem inescapable. For example, the national leader of a religious community with which I have a small connection was charged with sexual...

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Forgiveness along the way

Forgiveness along the way

Each time I settle down to write about forgiveness, I realize that I am lucky enough not to have been attacked or damaged in any real way. So the forgiveness I write of here is the petty forgiveness of a privileged life. This is not to imply that small injuries don’t...

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Loving the world

Loving the world

One of my PCAs has been telling me stories from “the other side” – the part of America that is black and poor. Another child shot dead. A homeless family staying in drug users’ apartment because it’s what they can find, hoping the teenage children are not learning the...

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On loving my enemies

On loving my enemies

Both Buddhism and Christianity suggest love for those I think of as my enemies. Who do I think of as enemies? Much is made of the political divisions in our country at the moment. They are outward signs of inner philosophical differences. I want government policy to...

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