Author Archives: Bob Patrick

November 6–Faith: A Ghost Story

He called and asked me to come to his house. I was a very young minister serving in a small rural town.  He told me how his granddaughter, as a small child, remembered in exquisite detail a house and a … Continue reading

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November 5–Faith: You are where you are

“I wish I were in a different place.” How often do you hold that position in life? We’ve probably all done it, some more than others. For some, it’s a once in a while consideration:  gee, I wish I were … Continue reading

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November 3–Faith: What’s Your History?

What’s your history with the word “faith?” Most of us living in the US likely have one.  It may include something like the following: Faith means believing the right things, and you have been told what those things are.  Disagree … Continue reading

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November 2–Faith: Extending Trust

For me, faith comes down to the experience and exercise of basic trust. I’ve been absent from here for a while.  About 6  weeks to be exact.  If you are a regular reader of Words of Wisdom?, you may have … Continue reading

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September 18–Beauty: The Nature of Things

In his work De Veritate Religione, the 4th century Christian theologian, Augustine asks:  “Is a thing beautiful because it gives delight, or does it give delight because it is beautiful?” That can be said to sum up the philosophical argument over beauty … Continue reading

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September 14–Beauty: Present Tense

It seems that there is something awfully present tense about beauty.  Of course, we can all remember a time when we saw or experienced something beautiful, and that memory is fond.  But, honestly, wouldn’t it be sad to live out … Continue reading

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September 13–Beauty: Strewn About

The wreckage after the Hurricane, whether it is entire communities or just the damage to your fence or roof is not beautiful.  It’s hard and sometimes dangerous, and it creates what will likely be weeks and months of recovery.  Maybe … Continue reading

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September 11–Beauty: It’s in your hands

And it is always there, like love is there. Whether it fairly shouts at me or hides, Whether it turns and turns in my heart Like a slowly turning dagger, it is there.               … Continue reading

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September 5–Beauty: Gratitude Practice

I have shared this practice here before.  I began doing this years ago, and it has a powerful effect on me.  It can be done in any public space.  I began doing it while at the gym. As you move … Continue reading

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September 4–Beauty: The Gods Revealing

I woke up from what seemed like a night full of just weird dreams, and that is most often my experience. I began a complaint in my mind: why can’t I just have a joyful dream every once in a … Continue reading

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