Spirituality In Everyday Life

Norris Burkes

Norris Burkes

As a military and hospital chaplain, I routinely observe the stories of faith in the everyday lives of real people. My site tells those faith stories in a humorous, hope-filled, and honest way. I believe you will find them inspiring and potentially life-changing. Most of all, I believe the insight within these stories will connect with your story in a meaningful way. Enjoy!

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Recent Columns From Norris Burkes

Mar 26, 2015

During my cross-country speaking jaunts, I’ve practically memorized that part of the flight attendant’s safety speech: “If you are traveling with children, or are seated next to someone who needs assistance, place the mask on yourself first, then offer assistance.” As a chaplain it seems counterintuitive to put myself before all others. But I know [...]

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Mar 21, 2015

Inside the office of our National Guard recruiter, a nervous sergeant stood to attention before a small gathering of friends and coworkers. They’d rallied there to watch her reenlist in the U.S. Air Force. The reenlistment opportunity comes every six years and gives the non-commissioned officer the choice of continuing a military career or being [...]

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Mar 14, 2015

As a hospital chaplain, I’m often asked what “normal” grief looks like. For instance, a staff member may notice a wailing hospital visitor and ask, “Is that normal?” or a weeping family member will ask, “Is it normal to be so angry?” Few people have done a better job identifying the grief process than Elisabeth [...]

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Mar 07, 2015

As I perused the news headlines of this past month, I couldn’t help but notice just how inaccurate titles and labels have become in our media. The first title I noticed was “Dad,” as in the headline, “Dad convicted of murdering son.” I’m not sure that “dad” is the right word for that headline. This [...]

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