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Thinking About Salt

July 21, 2020

I was preparing a typical summer meal of burgers on the grill and summer sweet corn and while I was seasoning them with salt, I was reminded of the Bible verse from Matthew 5:13.  “You are the salt of the earth.”


Thinking About Being a Light to the World

July 20, 2020

I have a nightlight in my hallway.  It casts a bit of light in the darkness and is particularly helpful when I am trying to navigate my way to wherever in the middle of the night.  This bit of light in the darkness reminded me of the second part of

The Holy Spirit in Our Lives

July 5, 2020

Lately, I have been reading the Gospel of John; one my personal favorites.  The passage I would like to share with you today is John 7: 37-39:

37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”39  By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later


July 4, 2020

What gives me hope in these troubling days?  One example is an activity achieved by my precocious granddaughter, Lilliana.  She will be nine in a couple of weeks.  Lilliana captured a tiny green monarch caterpillar on June 10 and began to fully care for its needs.  Abundant milkweed leaves were diligently placed in a glass terrarium.  The caterpillar ate huge amounts, in comparison to its size.  Several days passed and its colors became black, yellow and white.  A sturdy wood stem was in the container and


July 2, 2020

Grieving is not about forgetting your loved one, it is about being able to remember them without the pain. 

For the past couple of months I have been receiving weekly emails from Hospice of Michigan with grief affirmations.  The quote above is one that I especially liked.  I am writing this on Fathers Day weekend.  This is the first one without my father so I have been thinking about him a lot. 

My father and I had some common interests – golf, New Orleans Saints, Mardi Gras and food.  Playing golf with my father was not always a lot of fun because he wanted to give me lessons while playing when I just wanted to be out on the golf course.  But we played together whenever we could.  This photo of

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