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Responding to the Unborn

Being in the third trimester of pregnancy encourages all sorts of people – friends, acquaintances, strangers – to share their advice and good wishes.  It’s wonderful to see how excited people become at the thought of a new baby in the world, but there is one comment shared quite frequently that has given me pause. When I say that we do not know if our baby is a boy or a girl, the typical response is, “As long as you have a healthy baby … that’s all that matters.” This sentiment has been expressed to …

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All Shall Be Well

I saw a wonderful little movie a few weeks ago, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  It’s about a group of Brits who decide to “outsource their retirement” and move to a resort in India.  Well, the “resort” turns out to be anything but, and everyone must learn to adapt.  Suffice it to say that some succeed better than others, and those who do learn to embrace their situation find a joy and peace they could not have imagined.  But it’s not the plot or the characters that has stuck with me – it’s a line …

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In Search of a Balanced Life

I literally just returned from vacation to the southwestern part of the United States. I arrived home at around midnight and have been back into ministry with three meetings so far today (as I write this).  This trip was a first in a long time for me. It was strictly for the purpose of play. My life has usually been home visits (my family lives further away), school during slow times in ministry (typically in the summer), trips for conferences, and silent retreats. This vacation was a different concept from any of these other travels …

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Life is Difficult

“Life is difficult,” the opening sentence of the bestseller The Road Less Travelled by Scot Peck, has been a guiding statement for me ever since reading the book. It is a reminder of the challenges that all of us face as we live the life we’re given. I’ve discovered that my ranting and raving about life being unfair doesn’t seem to change reality much, so somehow I need to deal with what is as it is. A second reflection I’ve come across over the years is the thought that what life presents is a challenge …

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The Race is On!

I ran track for one year in high school. Mostly the mile and two mile.  The mile I liked, but the two mile, now that’s a different story.  Something about going around in circles eight times in the same direction—it felt pointless to run all that way just to end up right where I’d started.  And track meets—ugh.  Seems like it was always either freezing and raining or baking hot.  No in between.  I remember sitting in the stands (and sometimes under them) bundled up against the wind and rain trying to do my homework …

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One Wild and Precious Life

“Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” This is a quote from poet Mary Oliver, taken from her poem entitled The Summer Day. It’s a poem that reverences God as the Creator and the gift of creation that we all are blessed to share in. In the poem she says she does not know what a prayer is but she does know how to pay attention. She is watching a grasshopper and ponders what it means to pray while paying attention to life all around …

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