Author and Pastor Frederick Buechner writes, "In many cultures there is an ancient custom of giving a tenth of each year's income to some holy use. For Christians, to observe the forty days of Lent is to do the same thing with roughly a tenth of each year's days." We now find ourselves in our Lenten
I’ve been thinking about my own mortality for the past few weeks. Perhaps it’s because we’ve been doing so many funerals for members of our church family lately. My mind keeps going back to a book I read last year by Dr. Eben Alexander, Proof of Heaven.
It's easy to fall into the trap of convincing ourselves that joy and happiness are just around the corner. Things will improve after we graduate, or get married, or have a baby. And if we have children, we often think we'll be happier when they get older. And then we get frustrated that we have teenagers to