Entries by Mary Jackle

Daily Meditation for April 26, 2019

Did you like math class when you were in school? If you truly paid attention, you could learn many useful concepts. It was not all simple calculation or memorizing boring rules. For example, do you remember what an “integer” is? An integer is a whole number; it is not a fraction. Its wholeness points to […]

Daily Meditation for April 25, 2019

Clothes have a psychological effect. Seeing someone dressed in a “springy” outfit on a dreary day in April exemplifies this meaning. The springy outfit reflects cheeriness and may move a viewers’ thoughts of moodiness away, maybe conjuring up thoughts of warmer weather ahead. Someone wearing scrubby shoes may cause another to wonder if they have […]

Daily Meditation for April 24, 2019

There is a Serbian proverb that says, “Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.” Just think: If being made of earth should help us to be humble, it must be because the earth is so blessed and so are we. The earth gives beauty for the […]

Daily Meditation for April 23, 2019

“Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul” (Victor Hugo). Christ is risen! The days are getting longer in the northern hemisphere and signs of spring and budding new life are all around us. What a meditation it is each day as dawn breaks […]

Daily Meditation for April 22, 2019

Ask an eight-year-old child what Easter means and chances are the child will respond by saying: “Easter means the Easter Bunny comes, bringing colored eggs, jelly beans and chocolate bunnies.” Ask a 28-year-old churchgoer the same question and chances are the response might be something like this: “Easter is the day we celebrate the Resurrection […]

Daily Meditation for April 19, 2019

During his earthly lifetime, Jesus is recorded as having raised three people from the dead: Jairus’ daughter, the widow of Naim’s son and Lazarus, brother of Martha and Mary. Some, if not all, of His disciples were present for these miracles and one would think these would have greatly strengthened their faith in Jesus. But […]

Daily Meditation for April 18, 2019

Minnesota poet Michael Dennis Browne speaks of poetry as a model for holding contradictions in tension. He suggests that we need to honor the contradictions in our lives rather than trying to find simple, black-and-white answers to problems. Instead of trying to resolve our questions too neatly or too quickly, we need to hold in […]

Daily Meditation for April 17, 2019

A young couple, Marko and Jennifer, owned an independent bookstore in San Diego, Calif. The couple suddenly found out that Marko needed emergency open-heart surgery. Jennifer found care for their daughter so she could be at the hospital for her husband’s 10-hour surgery, but without a staff, they had to close down the store, unsure […]

Daily Meditation for April 16, 2019

The children had been playing in spring puddles, flying kites, and roller skating. Spring was in the air and they couldn’t contain their excitement. The following day, they woke up to a snow storm.  While this was a welcome sight at Christmas time, it aggravated them in the morning. The little girl went howling to […]

Daily Meditation for April 15, 2019

Today, federal taxes are due. Taxes have been a conflicted issue throughout history. In our country, the early east coast settlers hoped to get away from “taxation without representation.” Tax resistance remains an influence on the culture. In biblical times, conquered countries were subjected to extreme taxes by their masters. Jesus lived in Roman-occupied territory […]