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Love One Another

For years I worked in a salon with a woman who had a largely older clientele, and I was always struck by the kindness with which she treated her clients. The women had been coming for decades, many with appointments side by side. After so many years, they became friends. Although there was an individual nine, ten, and eleven o’clock appointment scheduled, three people would regularly show up at nine o’clock. This was their time to catch up with each other, to share stories of loved ones, to elicit prayers for hardships, to feel and to be connected to a …

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The God of Details

I love the beach. It is my happy place. The smell of the salt water, the steady pounding of the surf, even the prickles from the sand, are a pleasure to me.  I, who am not in great physical shape, can walk for hours at the beach. It is like a treasure hunt. First looking out into the ocean, hoping to see a dolphin, then in the air, maybe a brown pelican will cruise by, but it is the shells on the shoreline that are the most captivating. I walk a little then stop and sift through the sand, so …

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Light and Darkness

      Last year waking to the news of another horrific tragedy, my first thought was that this may not be the big end of the world, but this end is just as final for many, and those who survive will bear the scars forever. I prayed. A few days later I was invited to a concert by Craig Morgan. My friend had won great tickets, very close to the stage. Craig Morgan is a master story teller and has written many songs. This was his American Stories tour and the revenue is used to benefit a national non-profit …

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Remember the Past

      Those who fail to remember the past, miss out on experience’s greatest gifts. Mistakes and things considered failures, though unpleasant to remember, are often life’s most valued teachers. Nostalgia, fond memories, they serve a higher purpose than normally recognized. These memories provide not only comfort and healing warmth, but also help us to document some of life’s most daring ventures. Just think of those first flights at Kittyhawk, or the first polio vaccine, or the first time a person looked at a computer screen and had access to the information highway… God has a plan for each …

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Serving Our Country

I drive in my car today and watch the sun dance across my windshield. It is cold outside, and the extra warmth from the light feels good. I am on my way home from a special presentation by some military people on Veteran’s Day. I am so thankful for life in a free country. I heard some interesting information.  One surprising fact was that only one percent of the population in our country has direct experience with the military. This creates a gap in community understanding. Used to be a person served a tour and then was back home, but …

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One Kind of Splendor

    It is a glorious day. The sun is shining. The air has just a hint of cold, which is great for us Southerners who have been praying for cooler weather, but didn’t really mean it!  I have gone to a park that is full of different gardens, and they are spectacular. However, I know the names of very few different trees or flowers. There are beds of pansies and tulips. The pansies like tiny little faces smiling in bright and happy color. Tulips in red and yellow, standing tall and reaching for the sun. Roses of many different …