Rend Your Heart

“Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and relenting from evil.” (Joel 2:13) As we approach the beginning of Holy Week and the end of Lent, I have been reflecting on this passage, one of the […]

Music and Life

From my journal this morning: Turning on classical music transports me to another realm–a land of beauty and possibility. Music is timeless because it is an aesthetic derived from mathematics itself. It is a harmony deeply embedded in the nature of Nature. The operations of chemistry and biology, even physics are less pure than music. […]

A Sad Song

The heart understands not its void Incessant seeking Expecting deliverance Dangerous assumption. Soaring hope near-touches the moon Misses by a thread And the longed-for embrace Is grasping for shadows. Enigmatic, impenetrable The Soul resists capture Though enemies besiege Though lovers assail. The rib may be shared, But an eternal flame Burns not from two wicks– […]

Pursuing and Relinquishing

The pursuit of one’s calling in life requires a constant process of letting go. Many of life’s possibilities are incompatible with my calling, and others are incompatible with yours. The ongoing effort of discernment is the way in which we discover these incompatibilities, and the work of depression is the labor required to let go […]