Ministry

Yesterday was an exciting day for Bryan. We traveled to bucolic Lancaster County to finally meet Rev. Tim Craven, Bryan's mentor and friend, whom he had only met through Zoom sessions. These remote meetings were made possible through an introduction made by Bryan's counselor, Dr. John. Rev. Tim is a longtime friend of Dr. John's.…

Easter

Bryan has come a long way from the Easter basket-toting, egg-hunting, candy-consuming little guy you see pictured above. Oh, he still likes his baskets and his chocolate bunnies! However, he now embraces the true meaning of Easter as witnessed in today's Zoom meeting, orchestrated by Bryan. Apparently, he has been working on an idea for…

Patience

One of the most important and ongoing life lessons Bryan has taught me is patience. Not that I've mastered it by any means. I practice it, but fall far short of achieving the patience I seek. My first lesson in this all-important virtue - this "fruit of the Spirit" - came right after Bryan was…

Honor

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Bryan has always embraced his Celtic roots. He has cherished our two trips to Ireland, Scotland and England. Even before these trips and confirmation of our U.K. roots via Ancestry research and DNA testing, Bryan has always gravitated towards all things British Isles. As a child, he would dress up as…

Spirituality

Bryan is a spiritual kind of guy. He actually is a member of two congregations at once, always concerned that his offering money makes it to each parish on time. His faith permeates his day, as mine well should, but I always seem to fall short. He fills notebooks full of scripture, prayers and words…

Worth

What is a person worth? Is your life more valuable than an individual with disabilities? According to the law, net worth apparently does discriminate based on your earning potential. That point was cruelly driven home to me when Bryan was a teenager of fourteen. It was the first day of school - Bryan’s second year…

Marine One

The best known helicopter in the United States is Marine One, providing local transportation for the President. You may ask, "What does this have to do with Bryan?" As the picture above suggests, there is a connection. Almost four years ago, we were renting a beach house in Avalon, NJ over Memorial Day weekend. Traditionally,…

Wonder

How many of us, as adults, can claim a healthy sense of wonder? Increasingly in our society skepticism, doubt, division, anger and frustration cloud our days. Political angst and the craving for an elusive COVID-19 vaccine are at the forefront of our minds. On this Ash Wednesday, make a personal pledge to practice WONDER for…

Treasure

Perhaps you are struggling these days with financial problems due to unemployment, COVID-19, a reduction in work hours, medical expenses - the list goes on and on. We had similar struggles financially when Bryan was a little guy of eight... Our income was minimal with a family of four to sustain. Grocery shopping was an…

Thankful

Giving thanks during a pandemic. Bryan, as an adult, has been living in an apartment with a roommate since 2011. However, during the pandemic, he elected to come back home to live with Mom and Dad for several months during the height of the Covid Spring Surge. While at home, I found that we had…