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November 20, 2022

Honest Emotions

There are times when I wake up discouraged. There is no particular reason for me to feel this way, but nonetheless the feeling is overwhelmingly there. I struggle to find motivation...

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November 19, 2022


One of the benefits of my employment as a professor at a public university is the free tuition for children of employees. My daughter decided to enroll at this university and...

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November 18, 2022

Even When

The following was written on a wall during the Holocaust by an unknown author: “I believe in the sun even when it is not shining, I believe in love even when...

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November 17, 2022

The Good Shepherd

When I was a child, the parable of the lost sheep was my favorite. I often asked my parents to tell it to me at bedtime. I found the story thrilling...

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November 16, 2022

Necessary Gifts

I was sitting in the dining room with some other residents at our senior retirement center. We were talking about previous holidays with family and friends and what our particular job...

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November 15, 2022

In Times of Uncertainty

The Tokyo Olympics were scheduled to begin in 2020, but due to the rise of COVID-19, Japan’s government proclaimed a state of emergency and the games were postponed. We were suddenly...

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November 14, 2022

Come as You Are

The billboard near the highway displayed a photograph of a young Muslim woman with a head covering. The caption read, “We are fully inclusive.” I felt a tinge of offense at...

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November 13, 2022

Unexpected Blessings

We have a courtyard garden with more than 80 daffodil bulbs. In the late winter and early spring the courtyard is filled with beautiful yellow blooms. This year we gave the...

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November 12, 2022

Another Try

Last week during a friendly round of golf, I hit an errant drive. I exclaimed, “Man, I wish I could have that one back! I’m sure I could do better.” Fortunately...

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November 11, 2022

The Story of Moses

The story of Moses reminds me of God’s grace and care. I am particularly moved by the way God saved Moses from death according to Pharaoh’s decree, keeping him in the...

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Whitney Simpson offers a wide-open doorway into embodied practice and awakens us to the long-held wisdom of our tradition that our bodies are sacred places where God meets us and dwells. Fully Human, Fully Divine is a true Christmas gift!”

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