Category Archives: Proverbs

The Heart breaks and the Word falls in

A Hasidic tale is told by philosopher Jacob Needleman about a Rabbi and his disciple discussing Deuteronomy 6:6 (see below): A disciple asks the Rabbi: “Why does Torah tell us to ‘place these words upon your hearts? Why does it … Continue reading

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Shipwrecked at the Stable Door

Here is the confluence of a Bruce Cockburn song (released 1988), and an excerpt from Brennan Manning. Manning begins the last chapter of his book “Lion and the Lamb: The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus” (written 1986) with these words: Do … Continue reading

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Without Love where would you be right now?

Without Love, the 1973 hit written by Tom Johnston, lead vocalist and songwriter with the Doobie Brothers, draws you in from the first chord. It begs you to sing it – to answer the recurring question, “without love where would … Continue reading

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A Relic of Anguish

Kelly Grovier, culture critic with the BBC, “trawled through the artworks on display at the 2019 Venice Biennale” to pick out highlights including this wreck of a cargo vessel. This is what caught my attention: The most haunting work in … Continue reading

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A Prayer from Nagasaki

Out of the enormous suffering caused by the atomic bomb, a distinctively Japanese and Christian understanding of the bombing was born: that this holocaust was as a sacrifice of a lamb by which the war would end. (See “A Prayer for … Continue reading

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Forgiveness like an Onion

Forgiveness is like an onion. When you forgive the offense, you peel back one layer of the onion, and things seem to be fine. But weeks, even months later, the offense pops into your mind again along with the anger … Continue reading

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Yutori ~ Spaciousness

ゆとり~ Yutori The Japanese have a concept called ‘yutori’ – an idea that connotes a sense of spaciousness, elbowroom, leeway, reserve, margin, allowance, latitude… time. From a conversation with her Japanese student, poet Naomi Shihab Nye explains, It’s a kind of living … Continue reading

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