Tag Archives: hope

Do Not Be Afraid

Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery. He was tempted to give in to despair. (Who wouldn’t be?) But he chose instead to trust the God he knew would never abandon him. Divine irony: Two decades later his brothers came to Egypt in the midst of … Continue reading

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The Happiness Report

Originally posted on David Redpath:
The Happiness Report from the pagan haven of a guarded and gated sunny seaside resort Machine tooled from a block of concrete Then deposited upon a mangrove swamp along a once pristine coast Now a…

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Long Live the Spirit of Notre Dame!

“I once toured Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and was astonished to see gargoyles (demons) all along its spectacular roofline. When I asked why they would include such symbols of evil, the translator replied, ‘Ho-ho, we do not embrace evil, monsieur, … Continue reading

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The Final Rite of Passage

“Grief never ends, but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith, it is the price of love.” ~Darcie Sims A few nights ago, my wife’s … Continue reading

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Can Anyone Who is “Un-Saved” be Redeemed?

Not everyone uses the term un-saved. But Jesus said, and our own eyes tell us, that there are people who are on paths of self-destruction, whose choices are toxic to themselves and to others. I know, because I was one … Continue reading

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My Leap of Life

You’re caught in a blinding blizzard and you reach the edge of a cliff. The way back is death. The way forward is unknowable. And so you leap, hoping—without evidence—that you will land on something, rather than plunge into the … Continue reading

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Deep in December

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~Mother Teresa “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is … Continue reading

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