Turn to Wonder

The Oxford Dictionary defines wonder as, “a feeling of amazement and admiration, caused by something beautiful, remarkable, or unfamiliar.” I once heard life’s trajectory described in the following way: “Children—Wonder Years. Teen—Challenge Years. Young Adult—Searching Years. Adult—Journey Years. Senior—Wisdom Years.” Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to … More Turn to Wonder

A Fresh Start

In the beginning . . . It was a beautiful, frigid, January day in the second week of my new adventure as, at that time, the Bishop-elect of Minnesota. I was attending my first Council meeting and that was, without question, an adventure. After a morning session of business-related items, the afternoon offered an opportunity … More A Fresh Start

Grace with Gratitude

First conversation. From the moment he sat down in my office to the moment he left, it was a string of grievances. No one was spared. Congregation, colleagues, even kids were on the unfavorable list. Bad day? Possibly. But this was not the first time I have been on the receiving end of this person’s unhappiness. … More Grace with Gratitude