All posts in "Short Meditations"

Once Upon a Time

By Dave Henning / February 2, 2013

Once upon a time, long before global warming was a twinkle in Mother Nature’s eye, snow fell abundantly in Evergreen Park, IL.  Utilizing the protection of snow forts constructed approximately 40 feet apart on our neighboring front lawns, my friend Cliff and I engaged in the Great Snowball Wars of the early 1960s.  With our […]


Not for a moment

By Dave Henning / January 11, 2013

When I was 2 or 3 years old, I developed a severe case of wanderlust, fueled by unbridled curiosity.  Eager to escape the confining environs of my back yard in Evergreen Park, IL or my parents’ immediate reach, I was a constant escape threat.  Although I had the “fever”, my parents had the cure- aka […]


Discomfort and joy

By Dave Henning / December 23, 2012

During my senior year at Luther South High School in Chicago, IL, I was the accompanist for the 71-voice A Cappella Choir, South’s concert ensemble.  As December approached, we had the opportunity to record a Christmas album for Delta Records.  The sessions took place on 2 midweek evenings following a full day of classes.  The […]


Simple Gifts

By Dave Henning / November 22, 2012

For years, long after I’d grown too old to play with it, my toy box contained a yellow, plastic fighter-plane with a red star on each wing tip.  The airplane was given to me by Grandma Dahlke (my maternal grandmother) when I was 4 or 5 years old.  Not too long after receiving the airplane, […]


A Great Cloud of Witnesses

By Dave Henning / November 3, 2012

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. . . “-Hebrews 12:2 […]


Rise Up

By Dave Henning / October 9, 2012

Due to my small physical stature as a child, bullying was a frequent menace.  Even by the time I was preparing for confirmation as an 8th grader, my growth spurt was a work in progress.  Two boys in that class seemed to delight in contributing a decidedly unspiritual component to my Saturday mornings.  During one […]


Identity Crisis

By Dave Henning / September 25, 2012

When I was an elementary student at Timothy Lutheran School in Chicago, I distinctly remember being given a small, pewter, nickel-sized pendant with Luther’s coat of arms on one side and the words “I am a Lutheran” on the other.  It instilled great pride in my Lutheran heritage and faith.  Similarly, growing up in suburban […]


Christmas in September

By Dave Henning / September 4, 2012

When I was about 4 or 5 years old, I remember being in the car with my parents as they drove the short distance home from our church’s Christmas Eve service.  As Dad proceeded down a residential street near our home in Evergreen Park, IL, my ever-observant eyes spotted Santa Claus walking into someone’s house.  […]


Blessed through adversity

By Dave Henning / August 13, 2012

The moment I spotted the new 8th grader walking into his classroom at Timothy Lutheran School in Chicago, I understood the social predicament he would soon face.  When I had entered Timothy as a 4th grader, I encountered a ‘select’ group of students whose criteria for acceptance was quite simplistic and biased- if you weren’t […]


Broken Hallelujahs

By Dave Henning / July 24, 2012

It is a Saturday morning in the spring of 1979.  My course work for a master’s degree in learning disabilities complete, I enter a lecture hall at Chicago State University to take my written exams.  Three questions.  One hour allotted for each.  No clue what I’ll be asked.  I’m handed the first question and proceed […]


The Forgiveness Tree

By Dave Henning / June 28, 2012

When I was in grade school. my parents planted a tree on our front lawn, between the sidewalk and the curb.  One summer day my mom and I came home to find the tree’s trunk nearly severed.  I immediately suspected three tough brothers who lived down the block, previously described in my Short Meditation “Turning […]



By Dave Henning / May 24, 2012

When my dad resided in the assisted living facility at Harwood Place in Wauwatosa, WI, he frequently could be seen walking the property, both inside and outside.  He often wore a favorite yellow cardigan sweater with one or more of his World War II army medals affixed to it at chest height.  This was so […]

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