1. This morning I read Jeremiah 31: 27-34 at the 11:00 service and enjoyed proclaiming, through the lesson, that the Lord promised a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah: "I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts." To me, this is one of the most profound biblical principles.
2. I'm reading Buffalo for the Broken Heart again. I don't know how many times I've read it. It's clearer than ever to me that Dan O'Brien finds happiness in the living of a noble life and that this nobility begins with how a person lives in interdependence with all things: land, water, animals, friends, neighbors, business associates, etc.
3. As I made my way through the tenth book of The Odyssey today, I was once again deeply stirred by what a complete man Odysseus is: he's courageous, unbalanced, faithful, unfaithful, witty, arrogant, capable of feeling deep grief, capable of coarseness; he's deceitful, a brilliant tactician, physically imposing, a great leader, a failed leader: he's everything.