Tag Archive: peace

New Suits, Bow Ties and “Standing With” Our Friends

“Right after the new year began, my wife of 14 years shared that she wasn’t sure if she wanted to continue with our marriage. She informed me that she “needed space” to sort through her feelings. We had just experienced a season of many difficulties: my battle with cancer in 2011; my mom’s recent battle […]

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Chapters (Tom)

“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.” Frank A. Clark   The day was “supposed” to be one of the most meaningful days of my life—and it was—but for very different reasons than I expected. June 3, 2006. Our wedding day. It […]

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Judah

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.” C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe The moment I laid eyes on […]

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Longing to Become Aware of God’s Presence

Beautiful and stirring, evocative and uplifting, the carols and songs, accompanied by trumpets, drums and an organ, created the holiday mood we had hoped for. Familiar and timeless, hope-filled and full of promise, the nine lessons interspersed between musical selections touched deeply-held chords of longing for a world ruled by love, not hate, joy, not […]

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Just Imagine

More wisdom from our spirtual mentor, Henri Nouwen.  Can you imagine a world in which peace and reconcilation are priorities for us all: So much of our energy, time, and money goes into maintaining distance from one another.  Many if not most of the resources of the world are used to defend ourselves against each […]

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Our Coping Tools

It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, […]

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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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LOL-Laughing Out Loud

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.Mark Twain We have all heard the adage that laughter is the best medicine and this past week both of us saw those words come true once again.  I (Michael) spent time with a friend who for the last seven years has been going through an extremely difficult […]

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Hindsight is Always 20/20

Hindsight is always 20/20.     Billy Wilder We have all heard that old adage – “hindsight is always 20/20”.   The older we get and the more experience we gain the more we see how truthful that adage is.  With age, we hope, comes maturity and with experience, we hope, comes greater wisdom.  We’ve all had moments in […]

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Peace Like River

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.               Mother Teresa  Every time we get together we start by sharing-about what we did the night before-sharing the frustrations or challenges we may have encountered, sharing about the things for which we are grateful, sharing about the conversations […]

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