A broken silence – An Advent Blessing


The following is the fourth in a series of four Advent Blessings that I wrote for our weekly chapel services this advent season.  I wanted to share these with you, as well.   They were known as the “Silent years.” If we turn from the last...

From heaven above – An Advent Blessing


The following is the third in a series of four Advent Blessings that I wrote for our weekly chapel services this advent season.  I wanted to share these with you, as well. Legend has it that during the war on Christmas Eve 1871, in the midst...

Descend to us – An Advent Blessing


The following is the second in a series of four Advent Blessings that I wrote for our weekly chapel services this advent season.  I wanted to share these with you, as well. Have you ever seen a city at night from a distance? It’s easy...

In that moment – An Advent Blessing


The following is the first in a series of four Advent Blessings that I wrote for our weekly chapel services this advent season.  I wanted to share these with you, as well. It was just a moment. Like so many others, but at the same...

Who are you?


We got to spend some quality family time recently at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, CA. We have some serious Harry Potter fans in the family, so we spent much of the day in Harry Potter world. We had been planning for that particular part...

What is Today?


Today is Wednesday. The sun came up and it went down. The wind blew. It rained in Rockland county, New York. People went to work and they came home. There was traffic. The streetlights flicked off as the breath that is today began and they...

A Bigger Faith


In a compelling message at his own retirement celebration this past weekend, Salvation Army Commissioner Jim Knaggs (Territorial Commander, USA Western) challenged those gathered to live out the faith. I’m paraphrasing, but he asked us a few questions about faith. Questions like, if we’ve got...

Walk Gently


I had an absolute blast teaching at The Salvation Army’s National Music Camp for the Canada and Bermuda territory a few months ago. One message in particular has been resonating with me since that week. “Walk gently upon the earth.” There was a group of...

Shattered


  At some point in the distant past, something happened beneath our stove where we store some baking and serving dishes. On the bottom of the stack was a serving plate that shattered. I don’t know how long it lay beneath the other dishes in...

Gone


Gone by: Chris Stoker Silent Tears fall but never land Eyes bent To the floor Through the floor Mind wrenched Lost in fury and fog Heart rent And torn Wounded and worn Love meant To find and be found To bind and be bound Together...