Tag: comfort

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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Am I Going to Hell? (Questions People are Asking Us at the End – and Sometimes Throughout – Life)

Life can only be understood backwards. But it must be lived forwards.         Søren Kierkegaard  Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.      Mother Teresa   We met the elderly man in his home. He was dying of lung cancer. The disease had progressed to a state that…
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It’s About Love

Sadly, last Sunday, breaking news detailed deadly shootings at two Jewish Community Centers near Kansas City, Kansas.   Three people were killed.  Once again, the horror of human hate and its devastation intruded into all of our lives and reminded us of the evil that lurks within us and around us. Later that day and the…
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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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Nothing is Ever Wasted

That which does not kill me, makes me stronger. ~Frederick Nietzsche What you have experienced, no power on earth can take from you. ~Unknown   As we look back upon our lives it is particularly difficult to acknowledge that challenging seasons or experiences have meaning and purpose.  Our tendency is to try and forget them,…
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When There is Love

For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour.  What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.  Victor E. Frankl We know all too well that all any of…
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Not Alone in Our Sadness

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it – always.      Gandhi The news from Connecticut today was devastating, utterly devastating. The…
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A Stranger, Reaching Out

Often, we look for miracles to be big, dramatic events – occurrences that suddenly alter our lives in ways we never expect. Certainly, they can and do come that way. But those kinds of miracles are usually rare. Spectacular and breathtaking, yes. But definitely rare. More frequently, though, I (Michael) see miracles occurring every day,…
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There is power in our powerlessness

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us…
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Being a Warm-Hearted People

Honest concern for others is the key factor in improving our day to day lives. When you are warm-hearted, there is no room for anger, jealousy or insecurity. A calm mind and self-confidence are the basis for happy and peaceful relations with each other. Healthy, happy families and a healthy peaceful nation are dependent on…
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