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Religion

  • Ahhhh … I remember it well: Thoughts for Memorial Day

     

    Memories are strange and wonderful things. Strangely, they lure us into a past replete with all the vagaries of youth, all the remembrances of antics experienced and relished or, perhaps, yet laden with regret. Memory lane is not always a return to the good, ole days. Yet, it is a road we all travel, sometimes mindlessly. It is a trip we seem unable to refuse and one we replay with hope that all errors will be corrected. Mistakes will not be repeated.

  • Everyone awaits the merry month of May

    It’s been a long, hard winter. Blame is placed global warming with its concomitant climate change, even on God. We’ve ached with the cold, worried over the flooding, anguished over the unusual warmth in places where cold is expected, and generally waited with more than bated breath for springtime to come — and stay. March teases us. April periodically delights, but May is the month of promise.

  • Looking beyond the shadow of doubt

     So often we have allowed doubt to cast a shadow on our faith. We let it tinge credence with incredulity, casting the gloom of uncertainty upon the grace of certitude. This causes distress and dismay to dog our steps and burden our spirits. We are shaken, but not to the core. To try to dismiss doubt summarily — banishing it to the darkest corner we can find — does no good. Somehow it surfaces when we least expect it and we are, once again, ill at ease.

  • Heal is spelled with the ‘h’ from hear
  • The music of leadership is a song of the heart
  • Light the lamp to banish the darkness

     

     

    It has been a long, long preparation time for this country, for all of us who live here and call it our homeland. Replete with care and concern, angst and anticipation, it is yet the land we love. It is yet a place where diversity births distinctive unity. It is where we both find our lamps and light them to banish the darkness of hatred, bias, prejudice and evil of all sorts and dimensions.

  • Take a chance and receive a gift

     Grandparents take special pride in the accomplishments of their grandchildren. It matters little what the success might be. It could be taking the first steps, speaking first words, riding a bike, learning to read or color or write. What is important is the “first-ness” — the courage to move beyond what is to what can be. What is important is the brave movement into creativity, however it is expressed.

     

  • Am I being unfair to you?

     The women of the Philippines worked as a team with others to put together the worship service for World Day of Prayer 2017. They began their labor by listening to stories, especially news of the day a horrendous typhoon made landfall in their country. The tales they heard contained more than details of horrors seen and endured. They were revelations of resilience and faith. But, they were also narratives that evoked more questions than answers.

  • There is power in one person’s faith, fidelity and fearlessness

    Lois Carroll, Branch manager of Rourk Library, is to be commended for her efforts in retrieving a variety of good movies for twice-monthly viewing. Whether the “theater” is packed or just a few arrive, the participants enjoy the films and each other’s company. Tears and laughter alike are shared, along with the tasty provisions to assuage hunger and thirst.

  • Sing the song of patience in the waiting game of life

     

     

    It was a lovely gift, a gentle and delicate orchid plant offered by gentle, loving friends. I cherished the soft violet blooms and placed the plant in a sunny window so that it would be happy. Surely, I was happy with it and trusted my delight would be transmitted. I believed … and continue to believe … in connectedness that exceeds vision and includes all creation.