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Godly Birds

April 29, 2007

I had difficulty sleeping and had been up a number of times. Finally, I went out to my rope swing on the porch and settled there. It was still dark, and in the darkness, I did what I usually do … (read more)

God, Our Helper, Our Shepherd

March 27, 2007

The other day, I saw some sheep in a field near my home. I pulled my car over to the side of the road and watched them grazing. As I watched them, my mind went back to an experience I'd … (read more)

God's Sunflowers

August 30, 2006

I picked up the phone, and one of my elderly parishioners asked me if I could find time to come for a visit. I told him I would be by that afternoon if it would be okay with him. He … (read more)

The Stars Do Tell!

June 28, 2006

Last June, my journey of faith brought me to be the settled pastor at Lakeville United Church of Christ. I had been out of full-time church ministry for almost ten years. God had guided me to open a home for … (read more)

Buy One, Get One Free!

April 26, 2006

A few years ago, I opened a home for boys. In faith, I had left a full-time youth ministry to give the young men whom God would send into my life a chance to look at their choices and the … (read more)

Our Refuge

February 4, 2005

The other day, I received an e-mail that announced that the two-day conference I was to attend was cancelled. Now what was I going to do? I could just stay home, but I looked at my one-bedroom apartment and decided … (read more)

Stars And Clouds

June 4, 2004

This evening, I was sitting in my apartment when the windows shook because of the wind outside. For some reason, I have always loved windy days, so I opened the door, walked out into the night, and listened to the … (read more)

The Nativity Set

December 11, 2002

The other day, I was going to a place I had never been to alone. My brother-in-law had carefully written down the directions, so that I would not get lost as I manoeuvred the back roads of Kentucky. I was … (read more)

Memories Of My Childhood

January 31, 2002

My grandfather was a florist and a gardener. As a child, I spent many hours with him in his garden, which was in our backyard. I recall fondly how he would talk about being in partnership with God. He said … (read more)

Show And Tell

February 20, 2001

The other day I was talking to someone from my old hometown. This person mentioned the name of a teacher who had recently passed away. When I heard the name, I remembered only one thing about my year in that … (read more)

Stepping Out In Faith

January 10, 2001

I have chosen to host international students for the past twelve years. I have had young men from the Netherlands, Japan, Korea and Germany. Each of them came to stay with me through the Youth For Understanding programme. They came … (read more)

Do We Choose To Give Thanks Every Day?

April 24, 1998

I heard about a widow who had experienced incredible pain and loss. Six of her seven children had died along with her husband. She could have chosen to become bitter about her life experiences but instead she chose to always … (read more)

Do We Choose To Rest?

March 22, 1998

Rest can lead to joy because it creates a new perspective in us. When we choose to rest it can remind us that we don't have to be compulsively responsible for the world and everything in it. Rest can remind … (read more)

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