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Crystal Clear

In a “Peanuts” comic strip, Lucy and Charlie Brown are engaged in earnest conversation about the meaning of life. Lucy feels that it’s a matter of one’s perspective. She says, “Life is like a deck chair. Some people place it so they can see where they are going. Some people place it so they can …

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In Our Joy And In Our Sorrow

There is much joy in the Biblical account of the coming of Jesus. Reading the Nativity Stories in the Gospels can be an exhilarating experience. You can feel the joy, literally. In Luke’s Gospel, for example, there is the joy of Mary when she learns that she is to become the mother of the Messiah. …

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Move It Over

“Do you love Me? … Do you love Me? … Do you love Me?” In today’s Gospel Lesson we hear Jesus asking Peter this vital question three times. And three times we hear Peter answer, “yes.” We must realize, of course, that the triple emphasis is not an effort by Jesus to test His own …

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A Strawberry For You

One Sunday morning, a preacher went into the pulpit and began to read an Old Testament passage from an Old Bible that had been falling apart and was recently repaired. The preacher was unaware that the page he was reading from and the next page were stuck together with some glue that had seeped in …

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Day-By-Day

“Dear Lord,” we pray, “I’m at the end of all my resources.” “Dear child,” the Lord answers, “You’re just at the beginning of Mine.”1 God’s resources extend beyond our human comprehension. The miracle of God’s creation is awesome beyond all human expression. God’s plan for our fulfillment is beyond — infinitely beyond — even our …

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The Rock That Moved

Do you remember the Gospel episode in which Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” and “Who do you say that I am?” (Mt.16:13,15). It is then that Simon Peter has one of his finest hours, and one of his worst. At this point in the Gospel no …

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Be Wise; Be Prepared

Jesus was born under a wandering star and every year in December that wandering star returns to remind us of God’s love for us, of who we really are, and of what God wants us to become. It should be a constant source of wonder to us that of all the things God created, we …

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Love Postponed?

We are a society of anticipators. We lean into the future, we live for tomorrow, we build up the pension plan and the bank account for tomorrow. We constantly plan for a time when we are “feeling better” or when “the kids leave home” or when “the pressure of the job eases up.” So much …

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Permission To Cross The Street

Over the arches of the triple doorway of the Cathedral of Milan there are three inscriptions. One is a beautifully carved wreath of roses, and beneath it the words, “All that pleases is but for a moment.” Another is a sculptured Cross with these words below: “All that troubles is but for a moment.” And …

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Someday

About fifteen years ago, in a “New York Times” editorial, the following proposal was made: “Amid all the ‘Weeks’ observed during the year in behalf of this, that, and the other thing, there should be room for a ‘Someday Week.’” It was correctly observed that “Scarcely a week passed that one does not say, ‘Someday …

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Overtaken By Joy

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), the New England Yankee social critic who wrote “Walden,” one of the American classics, rebelled at the intrusion of government and social institutions on man’s life. When he was twenty-seven, Thoreau moved from his home in Concord, Massachusetts to nearby Walden Pond where he built a small cabin. He spent two …

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Three Little Words

In a delightful book called “To See a World in a Grain of Sand,” C.L. James tells the fable of a wise old cat who noticed a kitten chasing its tail. “Why are you chasing your tail so?” asked the wise old cat. The kitten replied, “I have learned that the best thing for a …

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