Tag Archives: Fear

Re-Thinking Us vs. Them

Rich vs. Poor.  Right vs. Left.  Citizens vs. Illegal Aliens.  Black vs. White.  Government vs. Taxpayers.  These are just some of the Us vs. Them battles that we perceive around us.  Fear and ideological insulation can lead us to believe that … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Disasters Du Jour

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What is today’s disaster du jour?  It might be a genuine catastrophe, like the violent conflicts in Israel and Ukraine, MH17, or vulnerable children at our borders.  Or, perhaps it’s the usual polarized political theater in Washington inciting fear of the … Continue reading

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Reaction to the Hobby Lobby Decision: Two Truths and a Lie

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The recent Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby is a cultural lightning rod.  The ruling stands, silent and immovable, but the reaction to it has put on quite a show. Rather than discuss the ruling (quite enough has … Continue reading

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Fearful Attraction

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I developed a fear of dogs as a toddler after going eyeball to eyeball with an aggressive dachshund in a dark hallway.  (Even a small dog, when its paws are on your two-year-old shoulders, is terrifying.)  Thereafter, unfamiliar dogs would routinely respond to and thereby reinforce … Continue reading

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Fearful Power and Ferocious Love

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“Nature is an awful lot more powerful than we are.”  New York’s Mayor Bloomberg in an AP article. The devastation left by Sandy’s power is difficult to comprehend.  I can only grieve with those who suffered losses of all kinds and pray for the strength … Continue reading

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Shades of Cancer

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One of the most surprising aspects of surviving cancer was that once it was all over, it wasn’t really all over.  Shades and shadows of cancer remained with me long after the cancer itself was gone. I was euphoric for the … Continue reading

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Exhilarating or Exhausting?

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Certain aspects of my life are a bit turbulent lately.  Some days I’m riding on a the crest of a wave, happy to be alive and enjoying the adventure ahead.  But the wave inevitably crashes. I tend to evaluate my days relative to the … Continue reading

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Zombies? Really?

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If I were to compile a list of possible topics for this blog on connecting dots to God, zombies would never enter my mind.  Ever.  But, after reading an Associated Press news article yesterday about a recent internet interest in “zombie apocalypse,” I’m going to … Continue reading

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Pressure on Purpose

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Are you under pressure?  Maybe I should ask the question differently: In which area(s) of your life do you feel pressure?  Relationships?  Finances?  Health?  Just too much to do? I suspect most of us are nodding our heads over at least one of … Continue reading

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On Wobbly Legs of Faith

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“Would you be up for hiking Half Dome?”  Our California friends asked us this question as we planned a visit with them during the summer of 2009. We had never heard of Half Dome.  Our friends warned us that it would be a challenging hike, but since we were in … Continue reading

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