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Wonderings

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I wonder about the physiology of laughter.  How is it that humor generates a spontaneous giggle? And then I wonder what makes something funny.  What is the definition of humor?  (I suppose I could research these things, but today I’m just wondering.) … Continue reading

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Under a Canopy on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is our opportunity to remember, honor and thank those who have given their lives in the service of this country.   Culturally, it has also become a nice long early summer weekend to be enjoyed while lining streets for small … Continue reading

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God Colors Outside the Lines

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God would never… How would you complete that phrase? Sometimes Christians define the limits of what God will or will not do.  I appreciate that this is often a well-meaning attempt to protect orthodoxy or to preserve Scriptural truth, but God frequently colors outside … Continue reading

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How do you Slice your Prayer Pie?

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At the risk of irreverent over-analysis, I created a pie chart out of the Lord’s Prayer.   I find the visual representation of the prayer that Jesus taught us helpful as I consider the slices of my prayer pie.  Maybe you will too. … Continue reading

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Only God Can Stop the Rain

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What do rising flood waters and recent violent events have in common?  They are both relentless. The Chicago area is flooded today.  Rivers and rain water intruded into streets, back yards and houses.  Sump pumps valiantly ejected water from below the foundations of houses and buildings, but they did not always … Continue reading

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The Comfort of God’s Presence

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My sister, who lives near Boston, sent me a text message this afternoon:  “We’re all ok…”  Thank God. However, I know that others received unimaginably painful messages from Boylston Street today.  Brokenhearted, I pray for all who suffered loss and for those who are fighting for life and limb. Some … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Have a Party

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Did you know that God likes parties? The Old Testament law included regulations  for personal conduct, religious observance and the offering of sacrifices.  It was very serious business.  However, God also commanded regular celebrations, in other words, parties. Each year the Israelites were to set aside one … Continue reading

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Death, Faith, and New Life

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The Saturday between the Friday on which Jesus died and the Sunday of his resurrection must have been a day of grief, despair, confusion, and divine silence. Have you ever had a day like that? I have. Where are you God?  What was that all about anyway? Why … Continue reading

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Pizza is Wisdom

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Have you had a Chicago style deep dish pizza?  My family’s favorite  is Lou Malnati’s, and it is on the menu every time we have out-of-town guests.  No one has ever been disappointed.  (Very full, but not disappointed.) How do boring old flour, olive … Continue reading

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Holy Waiting

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I hate to wait.  It’s a daily game for me to minimize red lights and to maximize unhindered forward progress.  I approach grocery store check-out lines with shrewd determination to find the fastest one.  (It doesn’t work, but I irrationally continue to try.) Traffic lights and retail … Continue reading

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