Archive for September, 2012

Overwhelmed and Overloaded

We fear doing too little when we should do more.  Then atone by doing too much, when perhaps we should do less. -Robert Trout When I (Michael) had just begun my career as a pastor, I was twenty-seven years of age.  I was assigned to serve three churches in rural north-central Pennsylvania.  We had two […]

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Changing Seasons

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.      Ralph Waldo Emerson A time to be born, a time to die A time to plant, a time to reapA time to kill, a time to healA time to laugh, a time to weepTo Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)And a […]

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Hold Tenderly That Which You Cherish

Hold tenderly that which you cherish, for it is precious and a tight grip may crush it. Do not let the fear of dropping it cause you to hold it too tightly; the chances are, it’s holding you too.      Bob AlbertiWhen I (Michael) got up this morning, she wasn’t there. When I came home […]

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Who Loved You Into Being?

Fifteen years ago, after receiving a Life Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys, the late Fred (Mr.) Rogers gave a memorable and touching acceptance speech. Shots of the audience of actors, actresses, and other stars and celebrities showed many of them in tears, moved by the tenderness and genuineness of Mr. Rogers’ words. We invite […]

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The Fighter Still Remains

In the clearing stands a boxer And a fighter by his trade And he carries the reminders Of ev’ry glove that layed him down Or cut him till he cried out In his anger and his shame “I am leaving, I am leaving” But the fighter still remains      Paul SimonIn this classic song, Simon […]

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It Matters to This One

We’ve heard this story many times over the years and perhaps you have too. But we believe that we need to be reminded of its message often, a message that bears repeating over and over again: A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a […]

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I Love You Just the Way You Are

Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like “struggle”. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.     Fred RogersI love you just the way you are, even if …   You said something to me that was hurtful    […]

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The Inner Voice of Love

The theologian Henri Nouwen wrote this journal entry about his own struggles with self-worth in his confessional, The Inner Voice of Love:Some people have lived such oppressed lives that their true selves have become completely unreachable to them. They need help to break through their oppression. Their power to free themselves has to be at […]

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No Stupid Questions

Anything mentionable is manageable.     Fred RogersThat is which is most personal is most universal.     Henri NouwenThe other day a friend told us that when he went through a divorce several decades ago he had only one other person with whom he felt he could talk – about his perceived failure, about his feelings of shame, […]

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Clearing the Mechanism

We both are baseball fans. Growing up we both played baseball, we enjoyed watching some of the classic baseball movies, we traded baseball cards with friends, we read some historical novels about baseball, and the list goes on and on. And as time has moved on our love for the sport has continued. There is […]

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