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Religion

  • Are we alive under the pain of mortal sinfulness?

    From the opening paragraphs of his newest novel, “Under Pain of Mortal Sin,” Donald Cozzens jump-starts the reader into the multi-faceted dilemma of today’s church. One is immediately caught and held in the mystery and complexity of human suffering under the pain of “mortal” sinfulness. 

  • To retain is to embrace

    I was going merrily along my way, preparing to facilitate a weekly Bible study, when I received an email from a minister pal who received it from a Preacher’s Study Guide, which contained quotes from preacher Mary Hinkle Shore, who paraphrased professor and biblical scholar Sandra Schneiders. With that circuitous route to be traveled, I knew what I read would either be very good or not so good. It was the former.

  • When gratitude holds hands with grief

    Each day my email box bears a special gift. It’s a delivery from Daily Good: News that Inspires. Just the title is enough to promote a positive attitude, even if the temperature is too cold or too hot and the air is either humid or heavy with pollen. 

  • Eeek! There’s a mouse in the house!

    I was at the kitchen counter, happily engaged in meal preparation. Hubby Dear was quietly musing in his favorite chair, allowing his senses to awaken to the fragrances of a nice meal. When, out of the blue and from the corner of my eye, I spied a quick movement and saw a big, fat creature scurry into a tiny corner of the stove. “A mouse!” I shrieked in amazement and dismay.

    H.D. denied my vision. “It’s just a roach … nicely put, a Palmetto bug,” he declared with vehemence. There would be no further discussion of the matter.

  • Imani Children’s Choir at Seaside UMC

    The Seaside United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir is sponsoring the Imani Children’s Choir’s performance at 7 p.m. June 19 at the church, 1300 Seaside Road SW in Sunset Beach.

    The Imani Children’s Choir is comprised of Uganda’s orphaned and underprivileged children and their concerts are a blend of unique arrangements, original compositions, and praise and worship songs. Expect to experience true Africa showcased through culturally unique music, a variety of dances, and well-crafted drum routines, performed with great passion and high energy.

  • Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations
  • When a birthday is more than a number

    CELEBRATION! That was the key word. I had to spell it out in capital letters because it was a capital event. April, our dear across-the-street neighbor of whom I have sometimes written, turned 40 on April 10.

  • Come Saturday morning … God’s calling

    Come Saturday morning my daughter and I chat about this and that. We catch up on all the doings and delights, fun and fears of the week. We laugh uproariously at the silly stuff and engage in mutual angst over our faults and foibles, mishaps and perceived mayhem. We recollect and reconstruct all that has kept us in contained annoyance during the week. It’s more than a delightful weekly encounter. It’s a deliberate engagement that deepens our union and enhances our enjoyment of each other. It’s mom and daughter, woman to woman, friend with friend. And I love it.

  • Seasons of the Slavic soul are universal

    Having in mind family connections and acquaintances, I was eager to read a little book written by the director of Siena Retreat Center, a woman of Polish descent. In my reading “Seasons of the Slavic Soul: A Quest for Authentic Polish Spirituality,” I hoped to discover intricacies, connect more deeply to them, and thus to those who enjoy this heritage. My eagerness harvested delicious fruit.

  • Does God go on an Easter egg hunt?

    Years ago, Art Linkletter regaled his adult audiences with a segment he called “Kids Say The Darndest Things.” It was even marketed as a book, I seem to recall. Yes, they do say, ask, probe and ponder things we adults have long since removed from our consciousness. We have so many more important and weighty topics to discuss … to debate … to decide … and determine. We are on the search for the bottom line, the closure to all dilemmas or difficult situations. We’ve stopped wondering while we continue wandering.