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Shine On, Lord

Shine On, Lord

“Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” Psalm 80:7 Rhamnus cathartica is the name of the enemy lurking around our house.  We have been engaged in an active campaign against it ever since we moved to Minnesota. The living room is our war room, from there we survey the battlefield and plan strategies for victory. The worst part of the battle is we have resigned ourselves to this conclusion, the only way…

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Not Good to be Alone

Not Good to be Alone

“…God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone;”  Gen. 2:18 In the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, four lost souls accidentally become a community of friends. Each one is from a different planet, so they have a difficult time communicating. In one funny exchange, group member, Rocket, shares an observation about another member of the group, Drax. Rocket says of Drax, “His people are completely literal. Metaphors go over his head.” To which Drax responds, “Nothing…

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Be Strong

Be Strong

“Be strong, do not fear; your God will come” Is. 35:4 This past week on NPR, a reporter shared the compelling witness of Fr. Kahlil Jaar, a Catholic priest serving in Amman, Jordan. He and his parish are helping people fleeing ISIS in Syria and Iraq by providing them a safe place to live. Fr. Jaar knows the plight of refugees all too well. His own family fled Palestine for Jordan in 1967. Then, on a trip to Baghdad in…

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The Benefits of Kind Words

The Benefits of Kind Words

Do the trees of the forest need to hear words of praise to be vibrant? Studies have been done to determine the influence of human interaction on house plants. The evidence is quite overwhelming. Plants grow bigger and become healthier when someone speaks words of praise to them. Looking over the glorious fall colors made me wonder, would studies reveal the same thing about the forest? There was something different about the woods we walked through yesterday. The forest floor…

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