By Bill Tammeus
Because of the unusual temporary nature of journalism, no longer each column can stand the try out of time. yet many—even these approximately occasions approximately long past from the general public consciousness--contain lasting truths. A present of Meaning is a suite of these lasting truths from invoice Tammeus, a columnist for the Kansas urban Star.
Each piece unearths Tammeus's try and strive against everlasting that means from the occasions and studies that sweep us alongside day via day.
I stopped through a homeless shield the opposite day to determine an individual i do know. As I waited, I felt particularly conspicuous in my swimsuit and tie. actually, the pleasant guy on the info table requested me if i used to be a pastor. I chuckled.
But as I sat within the foyer ready to work out the guy I got here to ascertain on, i used to be struck back through what could be the so much tricky of all human projects: empathy. that's, the problem of actually placing ourselves within the sneakers of others.
In the tip, A reward of Meaning isn't just a presentation of came upon which means, but in addition a choice to readers to prevent and imagine for themselves. This publication is a call for participation to respire deeply and hunt down the which means of what the area heaves at us on a daily basis. it truly is an delivering of insights that would offer clean methods of comprehending issues readers notion they already understood.
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The ones I collect are not rare and valuable. Rather, I’m interested in different translations to compare and contrast ways the original Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic has been rendered into English. The internationally known Quayle Rare Bible Collection at Baker is to my collection what the Hope Diamond is to a rhinestone. And yet, in an important sense, each collection is, for people of faith, equally priceless. That’s because Christians and Jews believe scripture contains God’s authoritative word, though to be sure there are Family, Faith, and Plumb Lines 43 endless intrafaith arguments about how to read and interpret the book.
Huge windows let in slants of late afternoon light and let us look out on the craggy hills, unto which, with the psalmist, we lift up our eyes. My heart lately has been attached to the idea of sacred space, especially in response to the burning this year of many predominantly Family, Faith, and Plumb Lines 33 black churches in the South. Indeed, I had thought we’d ﬁnally run out the string on those awful ﬁres, but then I picked up the Albuquerque Journal recently and saw the picture on page A3.
I have seen one of my own daughters married in that sanctuary. I have cried tears of personal pain there and sung songs of eternal joy there. I have listened to comforting words from the pulpit and deeply disturbing words of challenge, too. I have heard scripture read and have felt scripture read me. I have gathered around the communion table with my family of faith to share the sacred meal, the Lord’s Supper. And I’ve prayed there for miracles, both simple and elaborate. 34 A Gift of Meaning Is my experience unique?
A Gift of Meaning by Bill Tammeus