Category Archives: Spirituality

The Oxen — Thomas Hardy

Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.
“Now they are all on their knees,”
An elder said as we sat in a flock
By the embers in hearthside ease.

We pictured the meek mild creatures where
They dwelt in their strawy pen,
Nor did it occur to one of us there
To doubt they were kneeling then.

So fair a fancy few would weave
In these years! Yet, I feel,
If someone said on Christmas Eve,
“Come; see the oxen kneel

“In the lonely barton by yonder coomb
Our childhood used to know,”
I should go with him in the gloom,
Hoping it might be so.


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God can’t be taken out of schools

American “Family” Association Director of Issues Analysis Bryan Fischer and Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee are using yesterday’s events to further their theocratic, ultra-conservative agenda, saying that God let the shooting happen because He’s not allowed in the schools. Reprehensible, blasphemous, and patently FALSE.


First, private prayer and student-led religious activity are both permitted in public schools. Only teacher-led prayers are forbidden.

Second and more importantly, an omnipresent, omnipotent Supreme Being simply cannot be chased out of a public school or anywhere else. God is in public schools. He’s with the frightened five-year-old on the first day of kindergarten. He’s with the second-grader who has dyslexia and gets nervous every time there’s a spelling test. He’s with the fifth-grader who was up half the night listening to his parents fight and wonders if they’ll be getting a divorce. He’s with the ninth grader who wants to know if her boyfriend will still like her if she doesn’t have sex with him, and with her twin sister who’s coming out of the closet. He’s with the senior who’s trying to balance a demanding class load, a part-time job, school activities, responsibilities at home, and preparation for college. He’s certainly been in the classroom with me, on both good days and challenging ones.


And he was with every single one of the children and adults who lost their lives yesterday. I even think He had some very strong words with the shooter, asking what made him hurt so much that he did what he did, then explaining that he has to atone and make restitution before he can come home.


I realize this post may have made some people uncomfortable, but this is what I believe, and I will not apologize for it.


Filed under Politics, Spirituality, Teaching

Prayer requests

If you’re spiritually inclined, please send up a prayer or send out positive vibes for my client Mrs. A. She’s in the hospital, and the doctor doesn’t want to send her home till her heart rate stabilizes. She is in remarkably good spirits (and is very happy with the nurse who smuggled her a single piece of real bacon) but wants to get back home.

Also, please do the same for my client Ruby Tuesday (not her real name). She and her daughter have a very complicated relationship, to put it mildly, and it’s going to become even more strained during the next two months.

Thank you.


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