There are good funerals and bad funerals — some that give space for grief, and some that squash it. The Teacher tells us that the search for wisdom culminates in a good funeral: the wise person lets death teach her that even wisdom has its limits. In the face of the reality of the death that awaits us all, how can we let funerals teach us to live lives of serious joy?
Money makes the world go round, so they say. But not according to The Teacher in Ecclesiastes, who shows us that the love of wealth will eat you alive! He has a better way.
Of all the Big Life Events human beings experience, becoming a parent for the first time is surely one of the biggest. Jesus’ adoptive father Joseph discovers that he’s going to be a parent in the most extreme of circumstances: his fiancée is pregnant; the kid isn’t his; and, apparently, it’s God’s! Joseph’s response to this news is full of remarkable grace and compassion. How can Christmas help us to respond to our own Big Life Events in a comparable way?