About Alec Satin

Tell me about yourself, she asks. I belong to Jesus Christ. That’s the most important thing there is to know. Some people seem instinctively to know how to make their way through the world.

For all the saints who from their labors rest

One of the great songs from the Lutheran Hymnal. The golden evening brightens in the west, Soon, soon, to faithful warriors cometh rest, Sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest.

A few more years shall roll

Do you remember the slang term, reality check? It’s a reminder from a friend when one’s thinking is distorted. As the current political drama beats down on all of us, this hymn can serve as a welcome balm and pull us back into a Biblical way of thinking.

Photographs and memories [Video]

I’m neither a picture-taker nor -saver. I’ve always preferred the moment. But I returned home Thursday night with a bag of framed images. And I’m so glad that I did.

Nearer My God To Thee - Titanic (1953)

Sarah Flower Adams was a Shakespearean actress in 19th century England. When failing health kept her from acting, she began to write hymns. Nearer, My God, to Thee is based on the dream of Jacob in Genesis 28.

Good morning America, how are ya'? (or, Monday Morning Rail) [Video]

“The feeling of freedom evoked by this song about a train is how many people used to feel about America, before this terrible darkness fell. I wonder if we could ever bring it back.

Letter to my dying aunt

Today when I visited you in the hospital, it took all my courage to say, You need to ask God to help you. But I didn’t go far enough. What I wanted to say is written in this letter.

John David Harrell III, Aug 26, 1957 – June 30, 2008

On Monday night, June 30, 2008, a bright light departed. John was my buddy. He was one of my closest friends, and probably among the best friends of many people who knew him.

How to Say Goodbye When a Workmate Leaves

Transitioning relationships from work into other parts of our lives requires a little work – but can happen. It won’t happen automatically. Saying Goodbye to Colleagues: The Great Cube Cleanout continues to touch a chord with people as evidenced by comments and email messages.

Saying Goodbye to Colleagues - The Great Cube Cleanout

When someone resigns, there are inevitable questions. We want to know why. We want to know how it will impact us. Some questions we ask. Today’s my last day on-site with a valued client.