Musings for Veteran’s Day

When my oldest child was 6 years old or so,

she asked, “why do people fight in wars?”

I still don’t know how to answer a child….or myself, for that matter.
The costs in human lives are unthinkable.
So many people lose their lives fighting in wars;
others spend time waiting for loved ones to come home from war;
innocent bystanders are killed in war;
soldiers and civilians alike are scarred for life, both physically and emotionally.
Despite my own questions about the “whys” of war…
I give honor today to my Dad, who served in World War II,
to my nephews and niece who have served and are serving our country now.
And for my social media friends around the globe…..
may our on-line community contribute to a more peaceful world.

The Cup Of Our Life: A Guide to Spiritual Growth

By Author Joyce Rupp

Today I have been exploring this book with colleagues in pastoral care.  Using cups dear to us, we have reflected upon the sorrows our cups hold, and then poured them out.  We have made visual expressions of the blessings that have grown from those (or in spite of) sorrows.  And then we filled our cup with symbols of things that clutter our spiritual life and keep our cup too full to receive the fullness of life offered to us.  This book offers a useful guide for reconnecting with one’s spiritual life, whether it’s used in a group or private setting.