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The Great Gift and Great Gain

“At dusk weeping comes for the night; but at dawn there is rejoicing.” –Psalm 30:6   Do you believe that God speaks through the Scriptures and that, in the hearing, we experience God’s self- communication personally? I suspect that many of you are responding to that que...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

No more excuses

On a recent Monday, as I moved a cart of material into the work station I was setting up, I brushed against a package of foam. As I did so, I noticed small holes in the huge plastic bag that contained four rolls of foam standing about six feet high. The holes were a reminder of a day some time ago...
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Thursday, October 05, 2017

'Our stuff'

'Our stuff' It’s been heartbreaking to see the people interviewed on the news who have been affected by the floods and terrible winds.  One lady made the simple statement, “I don’t even have a pair of earrings left!”  What becomes “our stuff” in life can mean a gre...
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Welcoming the Stranger

‘And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” –Luke 2:7 Why was there no room for Mary, Joseph and Jesus “in the inn?”  What kinds of inns did they have in Bethleh...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Praying for a welcoming spirit

When I was a child, my sisters and I made friends with a stray dog.  He wandered into our world one hot summer morning while we were playing “house” on our shady carport.  My mom had backed the car out to make room for our doll furniture and had loaned us some old pots and pan...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Rest for the restless heart

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”— Saint Augustine This quote from Saint Augustine is likely a reflection of his life’s experiences, as he himself spent much of his early life living with the pain of a restless heart...
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Building Community

Building Community My son and his family moved to South Carolina; and while I was glad to see them pursue something that was important to them, I also, hoped they would be able to build community with this move.  My daughter-in-law has family in the same area, but being among others with a young family is import...
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Words matter

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119).   Words matter.  “Thank you.”  “I am sorry.”  “Come with me.”  “I love you.”  As a people we are always looking for the words that will convey...
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Keeping Our Balance

Do any of you remember the 1971 film adaptation of the 1964 musical “Fiddler on the Roof?” The movie opens with a Fiddler playing on a rooftop, his footing appearing very secure, allowing for the stability needed to continue his performance confidently. The film opens with Tevye (the da...
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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Let's not waste our zucchini

Let's not waste our zucchini Among the most popular and bountiful of summer’s fresh garden produce is the infamous zucchini. Even during years when gardens struggle, it seems the zucchini still produces abundantly. Just recently, my dad offered me some zucchini from his garden. As I began to think about how I might fix t...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017