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JOY: Writing Our Own Narratives

JOY: Writing Our Own Narratives

We all write our own narratives. Have you ever wondered why some people are able to experience extreme tragedy but they deal with it in such an amazing way? The tragedy and grief does not seem to define them? In The Book of Joy The Dalai Lama ...
Remembering the Wilderness and Our Current Day

Remembering the Wilderness and Our Current Day

This morning I saw a picture in my Facebook feed of a memory three years ago. It was a picture of the Wilderness in Israel. I had traveled to the Holy Land with fellow clergy and on that morning we ventured to the wilderness. Remembering ...
JOY: Not everything has to be “perfect”…

JOY: Not everything has to be “perfect”…

Joy. An emotion that evokes such a wide range of feelings. Sometimes we are so overwhelmed with happy emotions, we shed tears of joy. Or, have you ever been in a situation where you are laughing and it isn’t just a short, situational laugh? ...
JOY: Free, Focus, Follow

JOY: Free, Focus, Follow

What does it mean to discover joy? So often we fall into the trap of thinking that in order to have joy we have to be happy all the time! But that is the antithesis of the spiritual meaning of joy. Archbishop Tutu remarks, “Discovering more ...
Joy: So – today is New Year’s Day!

Joy: So – today is New Year’s Day!

So – today is New Year’s Day! A day when many “resolve” to do something to better themselves and their lifestyles for the upcoming year. According to a common study, only 8 percent of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions. The ...
The Gift Paradox

The Gift Paradox

So . . . what really happened in the manger that night so many years ago? Interestingly enough, Mark and John do not mention the birth narrative. Neither does the Apostle Paul in all his writings. Matthew and Luke have different ...
It is the ultimate “Toxic Charity”

It is the ultimate “Toxic Charity”

Have you ever really listened to the lyrics of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” I heard comedian Tim Hawkins talk about the absurdity of the lyrics of that song and it started me thinking . . . . Check out this logic! That song perpetuates “Toxic ...
Let it Be

Let it Be

Instead of “why me” what if we try, “let it be.” A wise man once explained to me that there are no “good days” or “bad days.” There are just days. And in each day good and bad things happen. Some days will be more memorable than others, and ...
Are You Hungry at Christmas

Are You Hungry at Christmas

“What are you hungry for this Christmas?” We are all hungry for something. And I’m not talking about sausage balls, cheese dip, or ham biscuits from the office Christmas party, I mean - - - the hunger that we have that sits in our soul is ...
Most Random Gifts Ever

Most Random Gifts Ever

There’s a hilarious website that lists the most bizarre gifts ever. It’s called, “Why did you buy me that?” One young man’s grandmother gave him this . . .   Or . . . there’s this – “I got married on Dec. 4th 1998, for Christmas I ...
The Confusing Gift

The Confusing Gift

When we receive gifts, most of the time it is pretty simple. Someone offers it to us. We either unwrap it or pull it out of the bag and VIOLA! The gift appears. Have you ever seen those “lock boxes” that are puzzles? They are usually some ...
Roaming Aimlessly

Roaming Aimlessly

GPS is a beautiful thing. Real Simple did evaluations of driving apps and reported on the top five apps for driving directions. Google Maps, Motion X, and Waze topped their list. Most of us have Google Maps – a no frills app that has ...

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