We often want to take one truth as absolute and simply deny anything that contradicts it. In a paradox, however, two different statements or beliefs can contradict each other, and yet both may contain elements of truth. It seems to me that the truth is that life is one paradox after another. That creates tension, but we…

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I suppose I could use church-speak and talk about redeeming the time, but popular sayings often say profound things in much simpler language. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. During this time of sheltering in place or self-quarantining, people have shown amazing creativity in using the time to do good things. In-home concerts, family projects, creating…

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A picture is worth a thousand words. No doubt about that. For millennia people have used symbols to convey ideas to others that may or not be present. The pictures and symbols may be art, oral folk stories or print. For the most part, this has helped advance human civilization. Pictures and symbols work as long as…

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Phew! We made it through January. It always seems that getting started is the hardest part. With the first month out of the way, we have an indication of how 2020 will be — maybe. Every endeavor involves some degree of faith. The laws of physics may be reliable, but most of life has too many…

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Who knew what and when did they know it? This question, with all its subsets of questions, is often part of investigations into some kind of inappropriate conduct. Did you know …? This kind of question is a lead in to both gossiping and instructing. It can also be about our spiritual growth. We are…

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Isn’t it great that important people are born on holidays? I wonder how their mothers managed that? Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Columbus Day – all celebrate birthdays on a day when we have holidays. NOT. (Only MLK Day celebrates one person’s birthday.) Of course, we know that when a child is…

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