Drawn to the Water

October 2, 2015

Do yourself a favor and spend some time with people who aren’t exactly like you. Get to know someone who doesn’t dress like you dress or look like you look. Develop a relationship with a person from another generation. Reach across socio-economic, political or professional barriers. Hang out with someone who hails from a different part of the country, or from a different part of the world. You don’t have to abandon your beliefs to be friends with people who aren’t like you. You don’t have to agree with another’s opinion to value them as a person uniquely created by God. In the process you’ll learn something new. You won’t agree with everything you...

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Grief Is A Marathon

September 30, 2015

My young friend grieves. Her husband of twenty years, the father of her children, died in a tragic accident. Because she has given so freely to others, she has many friends who mourn with her. Her church family surrounds her with love and will walk with her in the days ahead. It’s who we are and what we do. Church people offer words of sympathy and practical help, and casseroles, and heartfelt prayer. Of course, even our best efforts won’t undo the tragedy but the gift of time and presence communicates our compassion, which is really an expression of God’s great love. Although emotion plays a part, the love we share is much more than a...

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