Tag: Michael Gingerich

Surprised By Listening

“The first duty of love is to listen.” ~Paul Tillich The summer between my freshman and sophomore years of college I needed a job to help pay my way through school. A dad of a very close friend of mine offered me a position as a security guard at a local hospital in New Jersey—after…
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Cure Without Care

“Our tendency is to run away from the painful realities or to try to change them as soon as possible. But cure without care makes us into rulers, controllers, manipulators, and prevents a real community from taking shape. Cure without care makes us preoccupied with quick changes, impatient and unwilling to share each other’s burden.…
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This Crucible of Love

Sunset and evening star,       And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar,       When I put out to sea,  But such a tide as moving seems asleep,       Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep       Turns again home.   Twilight and evening bell,…
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Easter Terror (Running Away From “Home”)

Easter Sunday 1994. It was a great day! The morning church services went well on our first Easter in Hershey. Both of our families were here to celebrate the holiday, and my wife, Kathy, my two sons, Adam and David, and I were leaving the next morning for a 12-day trip to Honolulu and San…
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Why We May Need to Stop Using the Phrase – “Everything Happens for a Reason”.

“If that were God’s plan, it’s a bad bargain; I don’t want to have to deal with a God like that … My sense is God and I came to an accommodation with each other a couple of decades ago, where he’s gotten used to the things that I’m not capable of and I’ve come…
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Our Human Compassion

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” Nelson Mandela The blinds were drawn. The room was darkened on a sunny afternoon. Her downcast posture and demeanor signaled her…
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What is the Only Cure for Loneliness, Despair and Hopelessness?

The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are…
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Tickets are now on sale for author of “The Shack” Wm. Paul Young

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE–RESERVE YOUR SEAT TODAY! Contact Patty Elgin, at Patricia.Elgin82@gmail.com. “Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It is about letting go of another person’s throat.” ― Wm. Paul Young, “The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity ” Come to see and hear Paul Young, on Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Best Western Premier,…
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14 Mother Teresa Quotes about Changing the World–via Relevant Magazine


The Listener

A book we are currently reading is The Listener , by Taylor Caldwell.  Written in 1960, it has some dated language reflecting the times.  But in spite of the language, the message is timeless.  It speaks strongly to our mission and the need for all of us to be listened to.  We want to share what…
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