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Walking with Our Comforter

Walking with Our Comforter

Country music songwriters, politicians, and marketers know the power of nostalgia. And better times past can be more than rose-tinged memories. Childhood should be safer with fewer cares than adulthood. So songs, campaigns, and ads invite us back to better times. When...

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Knowing Our Author

Knowing Our Author

Sunshine illuminates blue skies, inviting bright demeanors, optimistic outlooks, an end to sorrow. Yet in the 19th Psalm the heat of sunshine stands in for the general revelation of God’s judgment, from which everyone wishes to hide. Rain falls from dreary or hostile...

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Hearing to Listen

Hearing to Listen

An alarm in the hospital room I am visiting obnoxiously and persistently signifies apparently nothing, but does make it equally impossible and inevitable to think of Kurt Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron. In that dystopian short fiction, the United States Handicapper...

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What Is God’s Will?

What Is God’s Will?

Everyman: Want to go get something to eat? Her: Sure. Everyman: Where do you want to go? Her: Wherever you want is fine. Everyman: How about [placeholder-for-anywhere-he-names]? Her: Oh, maybe not there. Everyman: [muttered euphemisms then resignation that she can...

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Starting with Thanks

Starting with Thanks

We often overlook the mountain for the fissure within it. A friendship’s forest hides behind a conflict’s tree; a lifetime of provision behind a year of privation; love’s ocean behind anger’s wave. When we see something is wrong with the world, what should we give, or...

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The Golden Bowl of You

The Golden Bowl of You

The rippling rivulets’ swift flow no sooner begins than dwindles to a damp residue. The ephemeral flood enraptures its creator, my 4-year-old grandson, who refills the blue plastic pale from the pool fifty times if once, each turn then inundating the edge of the deck...

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