No Room

There was no room for them in the inn. These days who wouldn’t travel to a busy city without making make a reservation online for a hotel room, or something through Airbnb? Remember when we paid attention to the “vacancy” or “no vacancy” signs outside motels? A Jewish woman was stranded late one night at a fancy hotel resort that did not admit Jews. The desk clerk looked at his book and said, “Sorry, there is no room. The hotel is full.” The Jewish woman said, “But your sign says that you have vacancies.” The desk clerk stammered and bit and the said curtly, “You know that we do not admit your kind of people. You’ll have to try the other side of town.” The woman said briskly, “I converted to

Cheer Up

Cheer up! Haven’t you heard cheery people tell you that, hoping that it will help you feel better. Except sometimes it doesn’t. In my moody periods as a teen-ager or in what I call my times of funk as an adult, telling me to cheer up is the best and worst thing you can tell me. In those dark times I know I need to look on the bright side. I know reaching out to someone else in need would be good for my soul. I know there are deep truths in St. Paul’s words: Rejoice in the Lord. Have no anxiety. The peace of God passes all understanding. But sometimes there is a “dark night of the soul,” as our spiritual tradition calls it. Sometimes the loneliness, the pain, or the isolation overwhelm us. An

What Will Become of Us?

What will become of us? How will our future unfold? What about your future? Are you on tiptoes—you can’t wait. Or are you freaking out and filled with fear? Maybe it’s proportional to how much you read the news! What will become of us? We may wonder or worry about love and work and money. Will we be alone? Will we have enough to live on and then enough for retirement? Will we have the inner resources to face life’s trials? Will we face addiction or depression? And what about those we love? How will life work out for them? What will become of us? Scientists are beginning to realize that what sets us apart from other animals is that we contemplate the future. This foresight created civilizatio

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