I owe you more than a brief kiss on the way out the door, but it is Sunday morning and the beginning of my work week.
Grim words continue to tumble from pundit lips about the economy, both left and right. Pope Benedict seems as tone deaf socially as he is attuned musically and theologically. The leader of Sudan is following the Mugabe mode. Altogether an inauspicious sabbath.
I suppose we all retreat into emotional and intellectual nests when the weather gets rough. It's when leaders do this (witness the intense retreat of Republicans into their ideology about taxes in recent weeks) that they cease to lead.
When there is a vacuum in leadership, that is when the needs of today are not being met by the ideas of yesterday, something or someone will come and fill it. That's where the danger lies. Pray that those we have asked to lead really do so. And realize any of us can be called to lead in times like this these.