Not A Fan

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Not a Fan I am not a fan of the dentist’s office to say the least. Yet, it became necessary for me to have some dental work done recently. The dentist’s words did little to comfort me. “You’re going to feel pain, and then pressure,” she stated. I immediately tensed up and could feel my heart pounding. As she began working on me I tried to calm myself without much success. Then I began to pray and though still very uncomfortable, I started to relax. Soon I felt my heart beat return to its regular, steady pattern. I calmed down, the procedure ended and the problem I had was resolved. That experience reminded me of something. Pain and pressure are … Read More



The Challenge

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I was reading a book once and the author talked about living in “the state of overwhelm.” I think I know where that state is located. Let’s face it, life can be challenging and stressful and feel unmanageable at times. I’m sure the state of overwhelm has many visitors. Frankly, I’d like to cancel my reservation though I’m not quite sure how to accomplish this. Perhaps we begin by remembering we do not travel alone. Christ is present with us even in the state of overwhelm. He offers his peace, his strength and his love to life’s weary travelers. Perhaps we should take him up on what he offers. I might not have all the answers for my hectic life, … Read More



It’s Not Mine

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I was going for a swim the other morning (okay, I was going to walk around in the water), when I noticed there were some people already in the pool. I was slightly annoyed because on previous mornings I had the pool all to myself and I could play my music and enjoy the solitude and the water. I almost didn’t get in but then began to laugh at myself. I was acting as if I owned the pool when in reality it was community property. The pool was for all the residents. It wasn’t mine. I smiled as I thought about how easy it is to become possessive of things that don’t belong to us. I wonder if that’s … Read More



Love It

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I was reminded recently of a familiar saying among Christians that we are to be in the world but not of it. This thinking has some basis in Jesus’ prayer for his disciples in John 17:16, “They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.” Too many Christians use this thinking to opt out of addressing “worldly” concerns. We justify our lack of engagement by pointing to the evil that is around us as something to be avoided. We’ll pray, but not get too involved. After all, the world is just too messy. The problem is Jesus didn’t hide from the world’s mess. Jesus maintained his unique identity while fully engaging a broken … Read More



Wonder Woman, The Movie

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Recently, I went to see the movie Wonder Woman and must admit I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found myself really getting into the fight scenes (literally throwing punches in the air). As I thought about it later, I wondered why I enjoyed the fight scenes so much. I realized it wasn’t so much about the fighting as it was seeing the “bad guys” being defeated. Perhaps I reacted as I did because for me the “bad guy” isn’t defeated often enough. In the real world, sometimes, the “bad guy” gets away, the situation doesn’t get resolved, or the problem isn’t fixed. In the real world, good people get hurt, suffer, and don’t always get what they deserve. It is in … Read More