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!
Thriving Beyond Surviving
As a hospital and military Chaplain Norris Burkes has seen things he must never tell. Yet as a syndicated columnist in 38 secular newspapers around the country, he has found ways to share shades of the sacred with his readers.
This book compiles ten years of newspaper columns that takes you into the military battlefield as well as the trauma rooms of major hospitals.
Recent Columns From Norris Burkes
By Norris Burkes, Sep 20,2020 Have you heard the song “Blessings” by Laura Story that she concludes with, “What if trials of this life … are your mercies in disguise?” I confess, I feel a little nauseated when someone suggests that my trials are somehow a “blessing in disguise.” The sentiment comes off sounding like […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes Sep 11, 2020 Like most of you, I hate to wait in line. Truthfully, much of my 28 years in the Air Force can be summarized with the military oxymoron, “Hurry up and wait.” My distaste for waiting is placated only when I hear someone pronounce the word “next.” “Next” becomes my […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes, Sep 6 2020 Has the pandemic made you a bookworm? Me, not so much. A good chaplain should revere books, but this reverend has fallen short this year. I’ve checked out dozens of library books but read only eight. Still, that number seems enough to fulfil my annual Labor Day promise to […][Read More]
By Norris Burkes Aug 28 2020 Last week, I opened my Facebook account to find an encouraging video shared by my former employer, St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, Calif. The rousing production gave me happy chills to see “Lewis” walk through a crowd of cheering employees who were celebrating him – their 500th COVID-19 […][Read More]