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Archive for December 2018

Sunday Inspiration: Mother Teresa

The words below are especially important to me since they were found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s Home for Children, and our daughter Jessie was one of the children in that home when we adopted her exactly forty years ago. These words also make heartfelt resolutions for the coming year. People are often…

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Reading Challenge 2018: Time for Congratulations

You ask why am I congratulating you? Maybe you only read a couple of books on the reading list, then abandoned the challenge way back in February as too time consuming. Maybe you read the categories that appealed to you but wouldn’t be caught dead reading: A time travel novel A young adult novel A…

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Sunday Inspiration: “The Work of Christmas”

When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flock, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner, To rebuild the…

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Sunday Inspiration: To Give a Gift

“When you give a gift at Christmas and see the smile of the people you love reflected in their faces, that’s magical. It is not about spending a lot of money or buy a gift that is functional, it’s just a way to say I love you. Christmas is a symbol of union and joy,…

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The Sweet Spot Between Pride and Guilt

Do you feel like you’ve accomplished enough in your life? Or do you feel as if you never quite got there, or will? I’ll confess I’m firmly in that second category. I don’t care about lists or number of books sold–at least not too much. I don’t care if every reader who picked up one…

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Sunday Inspiration: Advent is possible

“The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer   What greatness are you looking forward to this Advent season?  

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Social Media, Evil or Blessing? How About Both?

I’ve spent the past week on social media. The Good: Why have I been on social media when there are presents to wrap and cookies to bake? The truth is an iPad is a great companion when you’re not feeling well enough to do much more than run your finger over a shiny screen with…

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Sunday Inspiration: Feeling with the heart of another

Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another. -A Place for Mom As we move into the holiday season, I’m reflecting on what it means to be a spiritual and religious person. Perhaps most important of all? To be able to feel…

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