Spirituality In Everyday Life
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!
Featured Book: No Small Miracles
Recent Columns From Norris Burkes
September 26, 2015 During the early months of 2009, I deployed as a hospital chaplain to Joint Base Balad, Iraq. The base commander was Major Gen. Brian Bishop — then a brigadier general. The general was a former USAF Thunderbird pilot, an honest-to-god action hero whose likeness Hasbro toys had reproduced in a $29.95 chiseled, [...][Read More]
September 19, 2015 It was 3 a.m. when I answered the phone call from the Labor and Delivery Unit of the children’s hospital where I was working in 2003. “Chaplain, we have a baby not doing well,” the nurse reported. “Parents are asking that you ‘please come.’” Thirty minutes later, I stood at the mother’s [...][Read More]
Have you ever sought support for a personal problem or trial, only to be told by someone, “I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers”? I’ve heard the words. I’ve said them, too. I was tempted to say them again several months ago when my best friend began the most difficult task of his life. [...][Read More]
September 5, 2015 As I watched the relatives of those killed at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist church tearfully express forgiveness toward the suspected killer, I was moved by the profound impact of their narrative. The moment inspired me to use this, my annual column of book recommendations, to commend books that portray mercy and compassion. [...][Read More]