"A prayer," by Sandra Collins, 13 August 2017

When I hear endless news about wars and rumors of wars, global refugee crises and starvation caused by drought, racism and anti-Semitism in Charlottesville, and violence in our own city, and when prayers seem to go unanswered, when families suffer, I find myself asking, “Where are you, Lord?”

Help me remember all those other stories about thousands of volunteers and agencies you have moved to give time and money to end poverty, disease, and human trafficking and to save the planet.

Help me remember the passionate volunteers in this family who serve at-risk preschoolers; who teach English to refugees and others; who go into underserved areas to provide dental clinics or into dangerous places to build wells and bridges, set up health clinics, and do needed surgeries; who work with child soldiers in Africa; who take adults and children into their homes; who adopt children from here and around the world; who give their energy to reconcile races and religions; who use their legal and medical expertise to benefit the poor and those in prison; who serve the homeless; who stand up against bullying in their schools; who in their everyday lives as teachers, doctors, policemen, counselors, business men and women, and homemakers serve and encourage those around them; and those who despite their disabilities and illnesses inspire us with their unshakable faith.

Remind me, Lord, that you are indeed at work in all these.

Change me, Lord. Help me see people as you see them. Help me see you wherever I go in the ten thousand places where you are visible if I will just look.

Bison Block Party and Fireworks

Bison Block Party and fireworks, with a free concert featuring Lee Camp, Tokens Show, plus special guests Andrew Peterson, Andy Gullahorn, Scott Mulvahill, and more.  Friday, June 30, with inflatables for kids and food trucks starting at 5.30 p.m., concert at 7.00 p.m., and fireworks following.

The event is free and open to the public.  Food will be available for purchase from a variety of vendors, and lawns will be open for bring your own picnics. Bring a blanket, bring your friends, and spend the evening. Visit bisonblockparty.lipscomb.edu for more details.

Eulogy for a Mother-in-Law

Eulogy for a Mother-in-Law

There’s a scene in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” in which Emily is asking to be allowed just one day to return from the after-life to enjoy one last bit of time with her loved ones.  It would be too painful, she is told;  no special day is necessary, I recall she negotiates, just one simple, mundane day, to enjoy the beauty of life.  Frustrated as she looks back upon those still living, she asks:  “Doesn't anyone ever realize life while they live it? Every, every minute?”  That is, do people not realize the profound beauty and gift of life, present in every mundane moment?  The reply comes:  “No. Saints and poets, maybe; they do some.”

I think Sue was among those saints and poets who did often realize life in the moment, not least because she talked to trees and birds:  I think Sue got this habit from one she deemed the greatest saint she had known, her father.  It occurred to me last night that I think I got this habit—I confess, I do these days talk to trees...

On Memory

We're pleased to announce poet Marie Howe as a featured guest joining us on June 8. Marie is the author of four volumes of poetry described as "luminous, intense, and eloquent, rooted in an abundant inner life. Her long, deep-breathing lines address the mysteries of flesh and spirit, in terms accessible only to a woman who is very much of our time and yet still in touch with the sacred." In addition, we're pleased to announce two of Nashville's finest singer-songwriters who will be joining us that evening: Cindy Morgan and Brad Crisler. Single show tickets or three show season tickets are available here.