After four long months spent haggling over what is now the most important document in our country’s history — the U.S. Constitution — George Washington stood up from his chairman’s chair and walked over to sign his name. As he stood up, the back of the chair was visible. It was hand-carved with a design of a sun that was either rising or setting. As Benjamin Franklin looked at the now-empty chair, he said: I have often looked at that (sun) behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting, but now….I have the happiness … Continue reading Rising or Setting Sun?
Yesterday afternoon the sun streamed shafts of light through the blinds, warming my cheek and highlighting the page I was reading in the Bible about the birth of Christ. Suddenly I grew hungry to know more about this magical story. I’ve heard it since I was old enough to speak, and I have known that it is actually not a story. It is truth. It really happened! A long time ago my parents taught me the distinction between the fictional account of the North Pole, Santa Claus, Elves, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and the non-fiction account in the Bible … Continue reading Reflecting on the Miraculous
Some time ago I heard about CNN’s conservative guy Glenn Beck. I watched him a couple of times and laughed. I figured he was sort of like Bill O’Reilly’s counterpart. I even bought his book, An Inconvenient Book, because I loved the name. And while reading the book, I discovered that he is a Mormon. Way back in high school, I dated a guy who was a Mormon. I’ll never forget the night he took me to a high school dance. Rather than going out to dinner, his family turned their home into a fine dining establishment. (We lived in … Continue reading The Truth-o-Meter
Yesterday my daughter and I got caught in one of those weird, Texas-style, torrential thunderstorms. The skies opened just as we left the grocery store. By the time I got her in the car and the groceries in the trunk, I was soaked to the bone. I even had water dripping down my nose and into my ears. The only thing I could do was laugh. It’s a good thing we were going straight home from there! Now that I’m warm and dry, I’ve started thinking about what it means to be drenched. What, exactly, am I drenched in? Yesterday … Continue reading Drenched