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Apr'12

Good Friday

Wisdom, power, and adoration To the blessed Trinity For redemption and salvation Through the Paschal Mystery. Now, in every generation, And for all eternity. Amen

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14

Jan'12

Silence and Peace

Often I read scripture, and a phrase grabs hold of my spirit and I stop to wonder and ponder it’s meaning for me. I’ve read the verse or passage many times before, but in a specific moment in time, the Word steps into time and speaks to me – personally. Tonight was one of those moments. Reading Psalm 131: “Truly I have set my soul in silence and peace. As a child has rest in its mother’s arms, even so my soul. Oh Israel, hope in the Lord both now and for ever.”

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08

Dec'11

Waiting in Joyful Hope

I marvel at this time of year. Advent. Waiting in joyful hope. Waiting… Waiting… Waiting to be transformed. Waiting to overcome my fears. Waiting to break through the hesitation and embrace the fullness of Christ. Waiting to fulfill the dreams that lay in storage yearning to be found like a lost treasure. Waiting to love deeper. Waiting for something that has not yet … yet I know I will recognize it when it appears and makes itself known. God the Father did not wait. He anticipated the coming of His Son from the beginning. He formed into clay – human. Man and Woman in His image and likeness. He set His plan into motion from the beginning. The first parents, Adam and Eve prepared the way for the foreseen incarnation of Christ.

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08

Nov'11

Challenging our life of faith

During my years as a high school campus minister, I referred to this wonderful simple story often to challenge my student ministers (myself included). We can’t become complacent andcomfortable living the gospel life. I hope you find it as inspiring and challenging as I still do. The Story of the Lifesaving Station by: Theodore Wedel On a dangerous sea coast where shipwrecks often occur, there was once a crude little life-saving station. The building was just a hut, and there was only one boat, but the few devoted members kept a constant watch over the sea and with no thought for themselves went out day and night tirelessly searching for the lost. Some of those who were saved, and various others in the surrounding area, wanted to become associated with the station and give of their time and money and effort for the support of its work. New boats were bought and new crews trained. The little lifesaving station grew.

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03

Nov'11

Thank God I’m Wrong

I was inspired by a recent women’s event at Asbury United Methodist Church to think on my own spiritual journey, and if I had my own pearls of wisdom, or “pearls of faith” to pass on, what would they be? It simply comes down to one pride-swallowing admission: Thank you, Lord, for being so much smarter than I am. I am a planner. I will not say that I am a control freak (who wants to admit that?), but I do like for things to go predictably according to my expectations. No one likes the feelings of disappointment and anxiety that go along with adjustment and, dare I say it, being wrong. But, I am infinitely grateful that my mistakes and well-intentioned plans are overseen by someone who knows so much more than I do about what is right for me.

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01

Nov'11

An Investment Bankers Advice – A Fisherman’s Wisdom

(I read this post from an email on SmartMarriage.com. I’m not certain of the author. I really like what it says to me ….) The investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The investment banker complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The fisherman replied, only a little while. The investment banker then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish?

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20

Sep'11

Touching Souls

This is one of my favorite quotes: We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature- trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. ~Mother Teresa

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15

Sep'11

Communication or Making a Connection?

“Let your speech be always gracious and in good taste, and strive to respond properly to all who address you.” Colossians 4:6 John and Diane, like most couples who come into my office for marriage counseling want to learn communication skills. They have been married for 11 years and have four children under the age of eight. They tell me they just don’t seem to be able to get along anymore. “All we do is fight”, said John. “I say something – almost anything and Diane interprets it to mean that I’m telling her she’s doing something wrong. She get’s defensive, I get angry and World War III breaks out.”

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10

Sep'11

Watching People of Courage and Faith

“At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus”. The Gospel reading from Matthew’s gospel (chapter 14) constantly strikes me as a call for courage and faith. I can only imagine that the others in the boat with Peter were amazed at his courage. At the moment they may have thought it was foolishness and more than a little crazy. Looking back though, it took great courage and great faith to get out of the boat and walk.

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09

Sep'11

“A Bug’s Life”– And Staying in Love

One of my favorite all time movie clips comes from the animated movie, A Bug’s Life. A scene opens in the movie as night descends on an SUV parked next to a lone camper. The night sky is beautiful, the air is calm, the stars are bright, the bugs are buzzing, and the crickets are chirping under a gorgeous night sky.

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