Transfiguration

Celebrate Life!

Many mythical years ago, word went out that within sixty days, the southern tip of Florida was about to fall away and be covered by fifty feet of water. What to do? The scientists and the engineers and the politicians were completely baffled. The mayor of one small community decided to call together all the …

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Spectator Or Participant?

The religions of today differ in many ways. However, they seem to have at least one thing in common; they envision the religious life as a quest … a journey … a movement ever closer to the Divine. The Chinese speak of the “Tao,” which means “The way. “The Buddhists refer to “Mahayana,” which means, …

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The Touch Of Your Hand

High on the list of the problems we encounter in our modern, high-tech world is the problem of human access — especially to people or things controlling, or adversely affecting our lives. Although the population continues to rise, nevertheless the one resource we seem to be fast running out of is access to other people. …

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A Mirror Image

Have you ever stopped to think about how much time we spend waiting? In our daily lives we wait at the bus stop or we wait at the traffic light. We wait in the line at the supermarket. We wait in the line at the bank. We rush to the airport to get there on …

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The Glory Of God

“I don’t like his face!” That was the explanation Abraham Lincoln once gave for not appointing a certain man to a cabinet post. A friend of the man answered, “But Mr. Lincoln, the poor fellow isn’t responsible for his face.” To which Lincoln replied, “Every man over forty is responsible for his face.”1 Many years …

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Miracle Of Love

Miracles? Miracles? Let’s not pretend, They can all be explained From beginning to end. So say the cynics of our time, but what about you? Do you believe in miracles? Our English word, “miracle,” comes from the Latin word “miani,” meaning “to wonder,” and the word “minus,” meaning “wonderful.” Other words in common use come …

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Are We Eager To Listen?

A young girl listened attentively as her big sister told her a bedtime story: Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who had a beautiful golden ball. One day the golden ball fell into the well. But an ugly frog came along and retrieved it for her. The beautiful princess was so grateful …

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Wagging Your Tail

A man named Hartley had a morbid fear of thunder. He went to a prominent psychiatrist who specialized in the treatment of this phobia, which is called “brontophobia.” Said the psychiatrist: “It’s silly to be afraid of thunder at your age. Just think of it as a drum roll in the symphony of life.” The …

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Only One Way

Just south of Lake Erie there is a wonder of nature called the “Blue Hole.” The Blue Hole is a circular opening in the earth, about one hundred feet in diameter. From out of this immensely deep hole “flows a steady stream of perfectly clear water, reflecting the ever-changing blue of the northern Ohio sky …

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A Mountaintop Experience

A youngster was reciting a Christmas play monologue in which he had to quote several verses from the Gospel story of Jesus’ birth. To jog his memory, he had pinned several notes in various places on his clothing. For a while, his memory served him well as he repeated the words spoken to Mary by …

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A Matter Of Attitude

To the geologist, mountains are evidence of seismic activity, the process of reshaping the earth’s surface over the course of millennia. To the tourist, mountains are sometimes beautiful, sometimes inconvenient features of a landscape. To the skier, snow-covered mountains are an opportunity to enjoy a challenging outdoor activity. To the religious person, a mountain is …

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The Real Miracle Of Life

In the nineteen-thirties, a preacher well-known for his fire-and-brimstone, doom-and-gloom approach, was sermonizing on the “end of the world,” the day of “final judgment” … “Thunder will boom,” he cried out in a loud voice. “Floods will cover the earth,” he bellowed. “Earthquakes will shake the earth,” he screamed. Then, as loud as he could …

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Put On Your Overalls!

Two men were standing on a big city street corner, trying to hail a taxicab. Not an easy task, since it was raining very hard. One man turned to the other and started a conversation which went as follows: First man: “If it keeps raining like this we’ll all have to build an ark.” Second …

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