Tag Archives: God

The Story of The Good Samaritan

One day, a lawyer asked Jesus a question about the law.  Being a Pharisee, who believed in a resurrection, he wanted to know the legal requirements for admission to heaven.  “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Rather than answering, Jesus asked the lawyer for his opinion, and the legal scholar quoted verses from […]

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Spiritual Chiropractics

Whenever I start to take myself too seriously, which seems to be a daily hazard, I head out to look at some mountains.  For the last few years, that has meant a short trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway to bask in the aura of the Smokies.  Craggy crests and ridges bathed in blue haze […]

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Meeting God

The first time I experienced what I think of as God was as a bored teenager in church, feeling guilty about masturbating.  Masturbation was a regular activity, being a horny fifteen year-old, and the Sears catalog provided visual stimulation.  In my day, catalogs were the equivalent of internet porn.  Unfortunately, I also believed masturbation was […]

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The Saint I Knew

Fourteen years ago I worked for an outpatient counseling agency in Schenectady, New York.  Schenectady is a run-down industrial city, the one-time headquarters of General Electric, with the remains of eroding municipal splendor sprinkled among urban blight.  Our agency was located in the blight, in the midst of neighborhoods swamped by poverty and crime.  We […]

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Casualties Of A Different War

My father grew up on a small, family dairy farm in upstate New York.  He would get out of bed at four in the morning, milk cows, deliver milk, and then go to school.  I have a few old milk bottles imprinted with the label of Dann’s All-Star Dairy. That was back in the 1930s.  […]

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My Myocardial Infarction

I had a heart attack two weeks ago.  I woke around six and couldn’t get comfortable.  I turned this way and that, but the little cramp in my chest wouldn’t go away, so I sat up.  Soon I was pacing around the house, massaging my sternum, feeling a tingle descend my right arm, before traveling […]

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Sixty Isn’t Old If. . . .

Twenty years ago I received a t-shirt that read, “Forty isn’t old, if you’re a tree.”  Now that I’m about to increase my age by half, I find myself remembering the shirt.  Do they print ones that say, “Sixty isn’t old, if you’re a tree”?  I don’t think so, because sixty is old if you’re […]

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Vampire World

I was reading outside this summer when a hornet labored by and landed on a table.  Beneath its belly, the hornet was clutching a small, green caterpillar as long as it was, which is why it could barely fly.  After sitting for a moment, apparently exhausted, the little black vampire began digging its mandibles into […]

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Earthquakes and Motorcycles

Hundreds of Turks died last week in an earthquake measured at 7.2 on the Richter scale.  Buildings collapsed and caught fire.  Workers desperately dug through the rubble to save lives, including a two week old baby.  The future for tens of thousands of people was permanently altered, one way or another, in the blink of […]

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One Nation Under God- Part 2

While courts may view the phrase one nation under God with some skepticism, the American people do not.  An amazing eighty-five percent of us believe the sentiment belongs in the Pledge of Allegiance.  That’s a degree of unanimity Americans share about very few things, and it makes me wonder if people have thought this through. […]

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