Spirituality In Everyday Life

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!

Thriving Beyond Surviving

BookCoverPreview.do 894×666 pixels 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.

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Recent Columns From Norris Burkes

Oct 18, 2019

By Norris Burkes Oct 18, 2019 Not long ago, I posed a routine question to a doubtful hospital patient. “Do you have any kind of spirituality, religion or philosophy that gives you guidance in life?” I know it’s a mouthful, but the question will often rattle a person’s spiritual doors long enough for me to [...]

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Oct 11, 2019

Oct 11, 2019 by Norris Burkes I CHOOSE LIFE Eighteen years ago this month, I wrote my very first column, and my wife, Becky, still insists that it was my very best column. Her claim puzzles me. “Does that mean they became worse after that?”  She has no answer. So I’ll ask you to judge. [...]

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Oct 06, 2019

MY BIRTHDAY PRAYER by Norris Burkes Oct 6 2019 I celebrated my birthday this week with six decades of candles atop a cake. Fortunately, we safely executed what is known in California as a “controlled burn.” Lately, I find myself checking the birth dates of hospice patients I visit and wondering if the patient is [...]

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Sep 29, 2019

Sep 29 2019 by Norris Burkes I spend a lot of time in Sin City. I know Las Vegas isn’t the place where you’d think a chaplain should visit, but business and family often send me there. Truthfully, I’m never really comfortable there and often feel like something is amiss. Still, I go because my [...]

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