Monthly Archives: April 2015

I felt awful. How could I have missed it? I was talking to someone who is a nurse. As we were talking, someone walked by. We both looked up and continued talking.

A few minutes later, when the man left, the woman said to me, “That poor man.” I thought to myself “Huh? What?”

“He has cancer.” She said. Continue reading

It was the spring of 1960, and the Rev. Peter Bide’s wife, Margaret, was diagnosed with cancer. They were married on March 1, 1941, and had two sons and two daughters. In 1935 Bide had matriculated at St. Catherine Society, Oxford, where he read English Language and Literature. It was about this time he took the suggestion of a friend and attended a lecture by C. S. Lewis. They became good friends and kept in touch many years.

On June 14, 1960, Lewis sent a short note to Peter in response to hearing the news concerning Margaret’s health. Because Lewis’s wife Joy also had cancer, Lewis was able to speak heart-to-heart and address the fears and questions that arise: Continue reading

The word strikes fear into the heart of any adult of any age: Dependency. A dictionary definition of dependent is “Needing someone or something else for support, help, etc.” It loses me at the first word, “Needing.” There’s a reason they named them Depends.

Few people want to be needy or dependent. We want to figure it out, make do, come up with something, get by. They say, “I’m fine, thank you,” as you watch them suffer; knowing you could make it so much easier for them. It’s frustrating. You would act so differently in the same situation. Yea, right. Continue reading

I enjoy reading. Doesn’t matter what. Hardcover, paperback, magazine, journal, newspaper, cereal box. It hasn’t always been this way. I can’t explain it.

And I’ve made the transition from hardcopy to e-book. Every day I read something in each format. But as much as I enjoy the convenience of the e-book, I can’t see it totally replacing the hardcopy. I sure hope it doesn’t.

There is something about the ability to fold the page, write in the margin, and squiggle under the word that is irreplaceable. It’s all a part of reading the book. Continue reading

Not everyone is a “people person.” Some folks are natural introverts while some are extroverts. Some folks play well with others while others are better working alone. We are all different and “live and let live” is a good way of life.

But what about when you’re old? Continue reading

“If anybody else said it, I would never believe it!”

We have all uttered that remark at one time or another. Someone we know who is not prone to exaggeration tells us an unbelievable story, or someone with experience or authority giving us some news. Continue reading

As children, we live in a world that clearly differentiates between mistakes and doing wrong. Our parents see to it. There were times you could bump into a sibling causing her to drop something and say “Whoops, sorry about that!” and get away with it. Granted, little sister was upset but your parents stepped in saying “He didn’t mean it, it was an accident.”

But thinking you got away with it, you do it again only to find your “Whoops!” doesn’t work. Funny, everything is the same except for the end result. In the first case you got a pat on the back; in the second, a pat on the bottom.

Doing wrong is not making a mistake.

In an address given at Oxford University church of St. Mary the Virgin on June 8, 1941, entitled the The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis distinguishes between the two, Continue reading

If you have a moment, I’d like you to think about a passage. It’s a verse that describes Jesus Christ as “one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

The more you think about the verse the more difficult the truth becomes. Where is that line between temptation and sin? Many people confuse temptation with sin; to do the former is to be guilty of the latter. But this can’t be right. Evidently one can be tempted, tremendously tempted, and not be guilty of sin. This is a comforting thought. Equally comforting is that Jesus has “been there, done that.”

On April 2, 1955, C. S. Lewis responded to a letter from Mary Willis Shelburne. In her previous correspondence she notified Lewis of some impending surgery. He responds, Continue reading

We all know somebody this way. Sometimes they have the title “Uncle,” “Aunt,” or “Cousin” in front of their name. We probably could not stand to live with them but they’re fun to listen to at a family reunion.

Get-togethers with such folks are opportunities for them to catch us up on everything they’ve done since the last get-together. What they’ve accomplished, where they’ve traveled, who they’ve met. They give you that strange sensation they think they’re better than you without making you feel you’re not as good as them. Continue reading

Living most of my life near the ocean I have spent surprisingly little time on it. No real reason, just always took it for granted. I enjoyed the few times I’ve been on it if the seas weren’t too rough. Oh, but those other times!

Fortunately I had a friend who shared with me his surefire cure for seasickness. “If you ever find yourself on the ocean and the seas start rolling, whatever you do, DON’T think of a greasy corned beef sandwich.” Thanks bro. Continue reading


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