In celebration of Samuel Benjamin Mahler’s graduation from high school, Friday, 14 May 2021. A blessing from his parents. Sam is the fifth and final child of Kurt and Karen Mahler, who are rich with three daughters, two sons, two sons-in-law, and a grandson. Sam is just as at home under the hood of a car as he is with a guitar. He is cool to little tikes and a comfort to the aged. We are proud of him as he contemplates a gap year after high school to invest in the nations.
Or, The Song of the City Ivy
A reflection while contemplating the ivy upon the buildings of Tbilisi, Georgia, April 2021
In a world whose troubles dwarf our own, is joy possible—even permissible?
Freedom and joy come by the acceptance of our limitations, by realizing that in fact these actually define who I am as a unique person.
The overall arc of human history is released in Genesis 1 & 2, is redeemed from missing its mark by the Lamb, and reaches its intended destination in Revelation 21 & 22. God transforms Chaos to Comos, and we transform the Cosmos into a global garden-city: the Cathedral where God dwells with Man.
The Hebrew verbs communicate a distinct personality and tender ethos of the “LORD God” as he introduces himself to the reader.