comforter

Animals as Paracletes

comforter, death
https://youtu.be/zO9WfW5ZvZ0 I found JJ the hospice therapy dog by receiving a review copy of her story through Goodreads. Watching a video of her at work reminds me of the power of connections and having a companion to get through hard times. Jesus promised us a paraclete, someone to walk alongside as a companion, for those times, meaning the Holy Spirit. But the Spirit takes different forms. In this case you can see the Spirit's presence in JJ's interaction with someone who is passing out of this world. Maybe you're not dying. Maybe you're just having a "terrible, no good, very bad day." Find an animal, and I suspect you'll find the Spirit.
Theodicy as Moral Plagiarism

Theodicy as Moral Plagiarism

"Life" Issues, Abrahamic Traditions, autonomy, awareness, C. S. Lewis, Cherry picking, Christian Church, Christianity, Comfort, comforter, community, Compassion, conflict, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, doubt, empathy, Ethics, faith, Fear, God, Holy Mystery, Human Condition, mindfulness, monotheism, Myth, Ockham's Razor, parable, Religion, Theodicy, Theology, Tragedy, Uncategorized
It will probably come as no great surprise to you if you have read even a few of my “Skeptics” columns over the years, but I have scant regard for theology. When it comes to the specific field, not of theology in general, but the sub-discipline of theodicy in particular, my “regard quotient” craters out all the way to zero.  I admit to being perversely fascinated by theodicy, if only because theodicy has historically illustrated the tortuous twists and turns of which the human intellect is capable when the thinker desperately attempts to avoid concluding “4” from “2 plus 2”, the intellectual equivalent of watching a python swallow a full-grown goat whole. Maybe mildly perverse, like binge-ing out on Quentin Tarantino movies over a weekend. But mostly harmless. Except … one of the most
Random Acts of Kindness – Prayerful Tuesday

Random Acts of Kindness – Prayerful Tuesday

At-One-Ment, awareness, Blessings, Comfort, comforter, Compassion, courage, gift, Gospel of Matthew, Grace, Gratitude, Holy Mystery, injustice, justice, kindness, Love, mercy, Micah, peace, peace and justice, prayer, Random Acts of Kindness, Scripture, spiritual practice, Spirituality, way of life
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy each to his brother.” –Zechariah, 7:9 “You have heard it said love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” –Matthew 5:43-44 Thursday I am taking part in the Face book event 24 Hours of Random Acts of Kindness.  I don’t have to DO anything specific, or travel anywhere.  The only thing I am asked to do is perform some act of kindness for someone who doesn’t expect it.  Sounds simple, I guess I will see. I have been trying to decide what I would do, help a little old lady across the street, well I am a little old lady so I will leave that for someone else to do.  Maybe take cookies and give them a way, Now that I could do.  Wait a