Faith and Family

Faith and Family

Just after a couple of months after my marriage, I was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome- a condition where your immunity damages your nervous system making one literally immobile. Even after spending a week in the hospital, another few months on the bed, somehow I knew I was going to recover fully and that I did after only a few months. Doctors said it usually takes much more time to recover; it was my strong will that made the recovery faster. My family said it was a miracle and that…

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Snob

Snob

Snob. That is the one word that kept popping in my head while spending a weekend in New Orleans. Not because that is what I saw in others, but because it is what I saw in myself. On a recent journey to the Big Easy to do some work for the upcoming ELCA Youth Gathering, there were no hotels available because of Jazz Fest, which is almost as crazy as Mardi Gras. So, with nowhere to go, we stayed a local community center. Comfort was not part of this experience….

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Charlie

Charlie

Other than Charlie Sheen, there are not a lot of “Charlie’s” I don’t like. It is a great name, which means, “free man.” One of my recent favorites is Charlie Skinner, the president of the news division in HBO’s series “The Newsroom.” He is witty, admired by his co-workers, and exhibits a gentle spirit. I recently met another Charlie- a blonde, curly-haired, bike riding, glasses wearing kid, who lives in Plymouth. He is another Charlie that is hard to not like, and the meaning “free man” may be rather appropriate….

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Ruach

Ruach

I have always been fascinated with the Hebrew word “ruach”, and I am reminded of this each year on Ash Wednesday. The Hebrew translation for ruach is breath, spirit or wind. The same one word in Hebrew represents different words in English. In the Old Testament, it says in the second creation account “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.” -Genesis 2:7. “Ruach” is present in this story and…

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Wants Versus Needs

Wants Versus Needs

Wants Versus Needs We live in a “want” culture. Our kids learn at a very young age, “what do you want for Christmas?” Or, if you take them to Toys R Usyou will hear: “I want this! I want that!” If a child is hollering for their mom or dad, parents usually respond with: “What do you want?” Hardly ever do we ask: “what do you need?” This sets us up for a life of wants. I want a nicer car, an expensive pair of jeans, or a pint of Ben…

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Hope in the Stranger

Hope in the Stranger

Hope in the Stranger There is a unity you feel, a peace knowing that most people in the world are good. A few years ago, I was in Dallas TX, attending a convention for work. After it was over, I decided to extend my stay in Texas a few days and catch a flight to San Antonio to visit family. I walked down to my crowded gate and boarded the airplane. Shortly after I sat down in my seat, the flight attendant made an announcement about the plane being oversold…

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My Background My Call

My Background My Call

My Background My Call I don’t want to sound all gooey and religious, but I want to be upfront about something that is very important to me in my walk of life. My first call in the world is to serve God. A loving God, who created each of us in a unique way. I am a seminary grad, and I am currently working on a Doctorate in Ministry. What will I do with that? Who knows. I am far from a “Bible Banger,” heck, I can barely pull a…

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