“When I asked people who had survived tragedy how we can cultivate and show more compassion for people who are suffering, the answer was always the same: Don’t shrink away from the joy of your child because I’ve lost mine. Don’t take what you have for granted—celebrate it. Don’t apologize for what you have. Be…

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  This is my song O God of all the nations A song of peace for lands afar and mine. This is my home, the country where my heart is; Here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine; But other hearts in other lands are beating With hopes and dreams as true and high…

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How is it with thy spirit? Many of the churches in the denomination I belong to hold small meetings called covenant groups. We always start with a check-in, often with that question. Not just how are you, or how was your week, but how is it with thy spirit? How is your spirit holding up/on…

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Most of you know about Marie Kondo, the new tidying expert, bestselling author, star of Netflix’s hit show “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” and founder of KonMari Media, Inc. Kondo is famous for teaching people to find the things in their lives that don’t spark joy, and then letting go of them. Letting go. If…

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Last week I finished editing my new book and emailed it to my editor, who like so many others is working from home. For years, finishing a book meant buying paper, ink cartridges and giant padded envelopes, then spending several hours printing the complete manuscript. Finally I stood in line at the post office to…

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“Every single human being you pass by today is fighting to find peace and to push back fear; to get through their daily tasks without breaking down in front of the bananas or in the carpool line or at the post office… “Everyone is grieving and worried and fearful, and yet none of them wear…

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Do you remember? Memorial Day is taking the time to remember. To remember all those in uniform who have sacrificed so generously and courageously for our country. To remember the families — the partners, children, and others — who spent so much time separated from their loved ones, who waited and waited for the joyous…

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