Wednesday thought ...
Wednesday thoughts, three of them, as has become customary:
1. How great it is to hear from dear friends and brothers when unexpected. My good friend David wrote me today, a profoundly good man - who once showed up at my doorstep with no questions asked, after a long drive, because I simply needed a good friend by my side during a time of trial.
2. I have been reading Thomas Merton. I am struck by the clear struggle that seems ever present in his own writing and life. "Pontiff" philospher or solitude. Progress or not nearly enough. Grace or failure? I have the striking feeling sometimes when reading him that I am reading something I wrote in another life. Also reading Barbara Brown Taylor, and overwhelmed with the idea of reverence. Try to watch someone with reverence today for more than a minute without being seen. It changes your view of humanity.
3. As it is said, fathers, don't provoke your children. Contuning revelations to me that raising children is one of our last great chances. That we must focus on more than behavior. And that we are to be coaches, not drill instructors.
It is a great day.