How do we see each other?

“To love someone means to see them as God intended them.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky   When I meet with a group of teens at the church where I work, I typically ask everyone to say their name and what we’ve grown to refer to as “Happy/Crappy's.”  Not only...

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The Change of Human Character

On or about December 1910 human character changed.  I am not saying that one went out, as one might into a garden, and there saw that a rose had flowered or a hen had laid an egg. The change was...

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The Serious Problems of Life

The serious problems in life, however, are never fully solved.  If ever they should appear to be so it is a sure sign that something has been lost.  The meaning and purpose of a problem seem to lie not...

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Golden

“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12, NRSV “I would never do that.”  These words recently crossed my mind in two different interactions with two...

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Imaginable

Keep some room in you heart for the unimaginable. - Mary Oliver About a year ago, I attended an event at the church where I work, and though I don’t remember the speaker’s talk topic or the theme of the...

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Verbal Privilege

What we need in the world is manners…I think that if, instead of preaching brotherly love, we preached good manners, we might get a little further. It sounds less righteous and more practical.  —Eleanor Roosevelt I think we can all...

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Key Moments

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of...

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Remedies

The Peace of Wild Things By Wendell Berry When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where...

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Remembering

I always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it. F. Scott Fitzgerald (words spoken by Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby) It’s not without a twinge of sadness that I think of Daisy Buchanan, one of...

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Celebrate

  Enthusiasm is a form of social courage.  —Ralph Waldo Emerson One of the highlights of my email inbox this past month was an invitation to a dear friend’s “Career Reveal Party.”  This friend is an explorer — she volunteered in...

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