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Mixed Blessings

Originally posted on Mitch Teemley:
Part One of Two The term “mixed blessings” is redundant. Why do I say that? Because all blessings—all real ones—are mixed. I only fully realized that this morning while contemplating the day I met the…

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Up to you

Originally posted on Short visits with an honest God:
“Up to you,” God said. This is a lonely answer. My hot bath had steamed the bathroom mirrors. I was brushing my teeth, contemplating all the irritating, confusing choices humans face.…

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My Dress Rehearsal for Death

In the year 2000 I found a golf ball-sized lump in my neck. Not having swallowed any golf balls recently, I decided I’d better see a doctor. Dr. Yamagata was the opposite of the cold-but-efficient Asian doctor stereotype. He was … Continue reading

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Count the Cost

“Count the cost… Those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” ~Luke 14:28, 33 “(But) if you continue in my word, then you are truly my disciples. And you will know the truth, … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to President Trump

Originally posted on Mitch Teemley:
Dear President Trump, I’ve tried so hard to figure out how to articulate what I need from you, what I believe the people of the United States and the rest of the world need, from…

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The Cure for Racism?

Four days ago, following a heavy snow, two kids from our neighborhood spotted the snow shovels in our garage. One of them already had a shovel, the other didn’t, so he asked if he could borrow ours in order to … Continue reading

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Transcendence

Originally posted on Life Less Ordinary:
Yesterday, we were Today, we are Tomorrow, an uncertainty, A dream to be. As for man, A blade of grass When the wind passes He vanishes, his memory naught We dance with abandon, Our…

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