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Religion

  • A restless heart needs recreation—find rest with God

     Have you ever had a day when nothing seemed to ease the spirit? Have you ever experienced a deep-down restlessness that remained unappeased by all efforts to center oneself in calm and quiet, freed from the anxiety of life’s stressors? If not, you may be superhuman or in grand denial!

  • Ministry to be at Hickmans Crossroads

    Jesus is the Way Ministry will give away food and clothes for the needy from 10 a.m-5 p.m. this Saturday at 1050 Calabash Road, Hickmans Crossroads.

  • Welcome is not just a greeting; it’s a commitment

     I go to a lot of meetings. This is true of many retirees, I suspect. At times, fatigue, frustration and a sense of personal inability keep me from wanting to attend. I get tired of the scheduled life. I become frustrated with the pace of progress. I wonder if I am in the right place at the right time. Overall, I know that each meeting is an encounter with life’s duality. Each one reminds me I am both learner and teacher, data provider and deep ponderer, thinker and doer. 

  • Standards for excellence improve spiritual health

    At a recent meeting of hospital chaplains, a slide presentation and talk informed and inspired all attendees with a goal that propelled us out of any lapse into mediocrity.
    The hard copy of the talk contained 11 pages of solid information, suggestions, conversation openers, supporting behaviors and unwavering standards. No stone was left unturned. No area remained untended.

  • To escape from Russia is to celebrate the victory of life

    It is a rare and wondrous occasion when one meets a person who has suffered profoundly as a child and emerges a whole, wholesome adult. There is a bonus when the adult is able to draw on deeply rooted memories and still retain a sense of humor.
    I met such a man in Stanley Opalka, author and part-time resident of Brunswick County. More widely known for his golf prowess, Stanley is a bonafide historian with more than 30 years of teaching experience on the high school and college level.

  • Mothers are upper rooms: havens, who empower and encourage growth

    Somewhere I recall stumbling across a strange sentence, “Mothers are upper rooms.” The comment stopped me in my tracks. What on earth could that mean? The only upper room images I could conjure were pictures of frightened disciples gathered behind locked doors. I had heard many sermons based on the topic of fear versus faith. But, never had motherhood been connected with that imagery.

  • All you wanted to know about butterflies: Part II

    By Shirley Waggoner-Eisenman
    Master Gardener
    Continuing with the discussion of butterflies, the size of the butterfly’s wingspan can range from one-inch to more than 4 inches. Some are small and their color matches the foliage and makes them hard to spot.

  • What would you do if you had only one month to live?

    Members of the group meandered into the church hall. Their steps were not reluctant so much as they were deliberate with the slowness that comes with familiarity and with the desire to make each moment last. We were eager to be with the others, to enjoy their presence, to laugh, perhaps to cry together.

  • Jesus had a dream that has not disappeared

    In Walt Disney’s original production of “Snow White” there is a beautiful song that tells us “a dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.”
    I once had a plaque that reminded me: “Today’s dreams are tomorrow’s realities.”
    The Man of La Mancha sang, “Dream the impossible dream!” Martin Luther King announced hope to overflowing crowds of enslaved blacks in his four words, “I have a dream!” As a child, I loved to play the piano piece “Beautiful Dreamer.”

  • To learn is to harness the power of signs

    I am a sign reader. I read billboards. I look for indicators of change. I observe gestures, facial expressions—all to understand more clearly the nonverbal messages being delivered. I am not always accurate in my assessment, but I definitely believe there is power to be harnessed in the signs.