Keeping Hope Alive: Radical Courage in Desperate Times

"How do you keep hope alive these days?" the questioner asked.  "It looks to me like everything is going to hell in a handbasket." The question sounded like a challenge.  It wasn't friendly curiosity, and it was full of cynicism.   I…

Keeping Hope Alive...by Choosing Life

Choose Life!                   I have set before you today life and death, blessing and cursing…..therefore, choose life.                                                                                                            …

Growing Edges Keeping Hope Alive: Radical Courage in Difficult Times Part 4

In the space of less than 24 hours last week, I had two experiences with the effects of this Covid 19 virus that have given me much to ponder. First, I encountered an angry man in my dentist's office who was flaunting his freedom by not wearing…

Growing Edges: Keeping Hope Alive: Radical Courage in Everyday Life Part 3

Humanly speaking, despair is presumptuous.* Several years ago, I a conference on hope at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.  Sponsored by what was then the Institute of Religion, the topic of hope and its importance were addressed by a priest,…

Keeping Hope Alive -- Radical Courage in Everyday Life Part 2

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that is within you. -- 1 Peter: 3:15b   "I feel so much better since I gave up hope." Startled, I almost shuddered at those words spoken…

Growing Edges "Keeping Hope Alive"

April 25, 2020 GROWING EDGES         In May of 1979, I began writing a weekly column for the San Angelo Standard Times.  From that time until the last column in January of this year, 2020, I didn't miss a week.   Writing the column…