Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. [James 1:12a NRSV] I love ice cream! There! I’ve said it. Now that we’ve established that fact, let me tell you of my predicament. I know there are far worse addictions, but for the past several years, I, like millions of others, have had an ongoing battle with weight.Continue reading “GUILTY PLEASURES”


Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord;   I have no good apart from you.’You show me the path of life.   In your presence there is fullness of joy;   in your right hand are pleasures for evermore. [Psalm 16:1, 16 NRSV] I’ve been struggling withContinue reading “FAMILY MATTERS”


Your foes have roared within your holy place;   they set up their emblems there.At the upper entrance they hacked   the wooden trellis with axes.And then, with hatchets and hammers,   they smashed all its carved work.They set your sanctuary on fire;   they desecrated the dwelling-place of your name,   bringing it to the ground.They said to themselves,Continue reading “KRISTALLNACHT”