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'There are no do-overs'

Subscriber onlyA classy grandmother trailed three very energetic and joyful girls on their way to swim team practice. I am guessing at least one was her granddaughter and -- by the contentment, peace and joy on her face -- it was easy to conclude her presence with them was a choice, not a chore. Continue reading...

Contagious thinking

Subscriber onlyThe flu is contagious. Measles, mumps, and smallpox are contagious. A large number of diseases are contagious and people are scared. Many are afraid of going shopping, going to the dentist, even afraid of going to the hospital because -- well, let's face it, that's where folk with contagious diseases go. Some folk are afraid of having their children vaccinated, and others are afraid of NOT having them vaccinated -- both for very good reasons. And we find dispensers of hand wipes almost everywhere to help stop the spread of the invisible, evil horde. Continue reading...

Marriage is God's idea

Subscriber onlyJesus credits God with the idea of marriage when he speaks in Matthew's gospel, "He who created them ... said." Here Jesus is crediting God with the following words from Genesis 2:24 about marriage. "'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.' So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together let not man separate." Continue reading...

Joy in sorrow

Subscriber onlySeveral months ago, Carol and I were in San Diego, Calif., to officiate at a military funeral for a good friend: Victor Yost. Continue reading...