Communion on the Moon

The first food and drink ever consumed on the moon was bread and wine in a Christian communion No matter the opposition, the testimony of the Lord will not be denied. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin was with Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins on Apollo 11 on 20 July 1969. He was the second human to walk… Read More Communion on the Moon

Never Enough

Why is nothing in this life ever enough? James Bond tells us that the world is not enough. Billionaire John D. Rockefeller is reputed to have said “Just a little bit more” when asked how much money was enough. While King of England, Henry VIII created a new church, the Anglicans, and made himself the… Read More Never Enough

As We Think

Directing our emotions, our thoughts, our words, and our actions…to be who we were created to be. The Economist is no fan of Donald Trump. The October 27 to November 2, 2018 issue featured a column by the editor Lexington describing the foreign policy failures and successes of the President. It was accompanied by the… Read More As We Think

Normal Times in Life?

An examination of the dangers of trying to identify the “normal”, which often means “the best”, time in life Imagine a conversation between a middle-aged husband and wife: “Our family hasn’t been normal since our oldest daughter left for college in the fall of 2012.” “No, things stopped being normal when our son developed epilepsy… Read More Normal Times in Life?

Deep Roots

On Thursday, November 15, a ferocious ice storm hit southern West Virginia, downing trees, knocking out power, and causing major property damage across several counties. Our family lost power for over 30 hours, and six large trees came down in our yard. The children were cross, sitting in a cold, dark house and unable to… Read More Deep Roots

Sticks and Stones

“Sticks and stones will break my bones but words can never hurt me.” I am old enough to remember a time when parents taught this pithy little rhyme to their children, and society at large believed it. We live in a new day, in which many Americans consider emotional injury as deadly, and more enduring,… Read More Sticks and Stones

Can You Feel It? Sensing the Spiritual in Life

How to sense the spiritual aspects of life Recently a team of inspectors visited our hospital. After the meeting, two team members, one older white woman and one middle aged African American woman, came into my office. They admired my models of the War of 1812 frigate USS Constitution and the 1990s US Space Shuttle… Read More Can You Feel It? Sensing the Spiritual in Life

Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the keys to a happy life, but it must be practiced. Right teaching, self-sacrifice, and hardship in life often contribute to building gratitude. For most of my medical career, I have cared for military members, past and present. Many were impressive. One patient in Schweinfurt, Germany in the late 1990s had… Read More Practicing Gratitude