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 Dec 13 2019 In 2002, I was so thrilled to begin work as a chaplain for Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento that I failed to notice the typo on my ID badge. It took more than a year, but a patient finally spotted the missing ‘r’ in Spiritual. She cupped a hand [...][Read More]
By Norris Burkes Dec 6 2019 As a chaplain at Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley, Calif., I’m privileged to visit local veterans under the “We Honor Vet” program. During these Veteran Day visits, I present a certificate and an American-flag lapel pin and then exchange salutes with my fellow veterans. On one such [...][Read More]
By Norris Burkes, Dec 7,2019 “My name is Joe Feld,” he tells me on our first visit. He pauses to chuckle. “My name is on of the few things I remember.” Feld is one of 15 patients I visit in my chaplain job for Hospice of the Foothills, Grass Valley, Calif. During my past ten [...][Read More]
By Norris Burkes Nov 29 2019 If you read books, you’re familiar with the Acknowledgements page of authors thanking everyone who has encouraged them toward publication. The concept has inspired me to write my own Acknowledgements for Thanksgiving week. My column doesn’t come out of thin air and I don’t write it alone. Today I [...][Read More]