life and death

conversations about what gives life and what destroys it

The Reason Memaw Entered Heaven…and Others Don’t

  [I dedicate this blog to Memaw—my dear mother-in-law—who died 366 days ago and who would have celebrated her 94th birthday today.]   Memaw entered heaven.  Others won’t.   Why not?  Simple.  They don’t want to.   So why does that idea sound so odd? Because it does not square with a narrative of heaven …

The Ethiopian Orphan’s Parting Words

Tired walkers, street vendors, goats, and uneven concrete flashed outside the windows of our taxi as it darted and bounced through the streets of Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa.  As the driver slowed to find the exact address of the orphanage, I wondered what to expect.   What would children, robbed by AIDS of their …

You Matter

So, when a man who’s spent his share of time in homeless camps breathes his last, where do you have the memorial service?  At the local soup kitchen he loved, of course.   That is how I ended up on a Sunday afternoon at the Rose of Sharon soup kitchen/thrift store, celebrating the life and …