A Poem About Change

Pain,stronger than hope,well within the scopeof eternity. Never ending,always bendingmy mind into theshape of anger. Going insane withlack, butwhen I look backit’s all just pain. The kind youwelcome just the same,hoping it sizes you upenough tochange your ways. I know whyyou stayed awaywhen I needed you most. So, go ahead,boast about how youtaught me andbrought …

My Prayer About Selfishness

Father God, When I come before You,I dutifully pay lip serviceto how awesome You are,but I must admit thatwhat I am really interested in is me.I acknowledge Your sovereignty becauseI want “things” from You—lots of things.I want You to bless me—to make my life easier and, most of all,to rubber stamp my will as Your own. …

Different

Fall leaves are dropping, autumn arriving in typical colors and smells. A cool breeze hints at winter. But not just yet.  A lady sits on a front porch, smiling, as she watches a brilliant-red cardinal clinging, calling out from his perch.  His persistence pays off and a young female swoops in, shy but determined. The …

Of Modern Poetry

Ask ten different educated, well-read people to define modernism, or the "modern" era [you know, the one right before our total disillusionment and our adoption of post-modern thinking] and you'll likely get ten different definitions; or at least ten different sentiments about that period in our history as a nation, as a people. Certainly, going …

The Goal, Attitudes and Dangers of Counseling

Counseling is neither easy nor simple. But the problems connected with it can be reduced to a minimum by carefully adhering to biblical directives.  Those who fail to do so harm themselves and reduce the possibility of being effective. Because it involves the welfare of others, how counseling is done is vital. Some, becoming aware …

Why Do I Freeze Up and Go Silent? Move Beyond the Separating Power of Shame

The following is an excerpt from "If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path," by Charlotte Kasl, Ph.D. Shame is a great paralyzer. To become unstuck we need to explore this troublesome feeling. When people are left, excluded, shunned, or abused, they often slide into persistent shame, which can result …

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