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Who Mourns the Sparrow?

Who will mourn the Sparrow? After all, what's a sparrows life worth? How could we measure? Two for a penny? Four on sale? With no fanfare, no prayers, no eulogy No acknowledgement they ever lived Two for a penny? Four on sale? Surely it doesn't escape its creators gaze Assuredly ascending in Her tender care…
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Listen Deeply – a Contemplative Prayer exercise

The practice (grace) of seeing God in and through all things will serve us well in season and out. I invite you to sit quietly and turn your thoughts to Jesus.  In this contemplative prayer exercise relax and picture Jesus and let that image come to rest in your heart.  This is a gentle practice…
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Punched, Naked and a Long Walk

People who meet me today are shocked to learn that as a younger man I was a bouncer at a somewhat legendary honky tonk in Calgary Alberta.  It was a fairly rough place at times, and a night wasn't complete without helping people leave the premises often under duress.  In that position we had two…
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Everyday Spirituality

Once upon a time, there were two carpenters; framers to be precise.  Each day they would arrive at the building site to pound nails and erect walls.   The first, a glum man, was asked what he was doing.  “I hammer nails,” he replied, looking sour.  “Every day, hammer nails and more nails.  Day in,…
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The Art of Reason-Seasoned Passion

The phone rang the other day. "Hi guys!" the caller started. "We are on our way but have to get pulled out of the ditch first" the voice said in as a good humor as one could muster in that situation.  It turns out that the gravel road from their house to the highway was glare…
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The Humility Substitute

We sat across the table from each other, sipping our coffee. He wasted no time. "Mike, the first time we met I would have told you I had perfect doctrine. I wouldn't have said it that way, but the truth is I thought my doctrine was perfect. For the past 47 years, I have been…
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Healing through Love

"Hurt people, hurt people."  Have you ever heard this saying? We all can recall a time when we have been on the receiving end of a hurting person, and truth be told, there are probably a few occasions where we have been the person doing the hurting.  When we don't deal with our hurt and…
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Positively Mindful

Has this ever happened to you? You're in the midst of a day full of positive experiences and then that one thoughtless, hurtful comment.  You know, the one that ruins the entire day and badgers you for the rest of the day. It sticks like Velcro! Why is it that just one stupid thing can…
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Keep your Goals to Yourself?

Conventional wisdom tells us it is a good idea to share our goals with others for the purpose of vocalizing them and soliciting help with accountability to help keep us on track. But Derek Sivers suggests this may, in fact, be counter productive to realizing your goals.     Sivers argues based on the work of social…
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Christ Climbed Down

Christ Climbed Down Christ climbed down from His bare Tree this year and ran away to where there were no rootless Christmas trees hung with candycanes and breakable stars Christ climbed down from His bare Tree this Year and ran away to where there were no gilded Christmas trees and no tinsel Christmas trees and…
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