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Guidelines With Harold Sala

THE GOD OF HOPE by Harold Sala

On Saturday,” writes a friend of Guidelines, “I was so depressed that I wanted to kill myself. This is not the first time, either. No matter what, I can never stop feeling this way.” She then told what triggered this depression. She explained, “There was a misunderstanding this morning between …

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THE GOD OF PEACE by Harold Sala

A comedian making light of God’s instruction to Noah, mimics his response to God’s call, saying, “What do you want, God? I didn’t do nuthin’!” That was supposed to be humor, but it underlines a pretty common belief that God won’t bother you if you don’t bother Him. Sadly enough, …

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THE GOD WHO WOULD BE MAN by Harold Sala

The most striking Christmas card I have received in years came with the headline: HISTORY IS CROWDED WITH MEN WHO WOULD BE GODS. Underneath were the images of 9 powerful historical figures: Alexander the Great, Tutankhamen, Julius Caesar, Maharishi Yogi, Adolph Hitler, Vladimir Lenin, Napoleon Bonaparte, Gautama Buddha, and Mao …

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SHEEP AND THE SHEPHERD by Harold Sala

The celebration of Christmas calls for a crèche or Nativity Scene. Mary, Joseph, the wise men, shepherds. And the sheep! Have you ever spent much time around sheep? The little lambs are cuddly and cute, but the mammas and papas are something else—smelly, obstinate, bull-headed pieces of mutton on four …

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BRINGING BACK CHRISTMAS by Bonnie Sala

All around the world children are getting ready for Christmas. There’s nothing more exciting than Christmas for children. But can you imagine a country in the world, where Christmas meant nothing—meant nothing to the adults, meant nothing to the children? Fifteen years ago that country was the country of Albania. …

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