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Giving Thanks

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Philippians 4:6-8 The next day aroma of turkey continues to fill some of our homes, the taste of sweet potatoes is more than just a memory, and the craving for more pumpkin pie seems to take on a contagious spirit in our homes. While the del

Look up, you're not on the trail today

I heard that quote while I was in the middle of a training run. That day, I was running a road course. It was my first attempt at running 10 miles. My head was tilted downward looking at my steps and focusing on my stride. The above quote came from one of the running coaches who had run up beside me. He had noticed that I was looking down a lot. I had run some trail races with this coach and he knew that my running while looking down was because of my time on the trials. That is why I heard his sage advice. Trail running is different than running on the road. A runner must be looking down frequently on the trials, because a runner must be looking out for his footing on the trail. The trail p

Making Memories

My wife is always amazed at how many things that I'm capable of forgetting. We're not just talking about forgetting to pick up milk on the way home, we're talking about important experiences from my childhood or from our early lives as a couple. Things are vivid memories to her. Conversely, there are experiences that I have strong memories of that she seems to have no recollection. Brain researchers tell us that the things we all have less trouble remembering are those things which have impacted us powerfully in an emotional way, both in positive and negative ways. They say that strong emotions intensify memories in something called your "episodic memory." A little over two years ago, I had

You Are a Child of God

Eleven people were murdered in a house of worship last week. Several were holocaust survivors. Let that sink in. Saturday marked the 294th mass shooting in the US in 2018. Americans are more likely to die from gun violence than many leading causes of death combined, with some 11,000 people in the US killed in firearm assaults each year. Colleges. Elementary schools. Newsrooms. Synagogues. Churches. Street corners. Train stations. Living rooms. This is NOT how we are to live with one another. In fear. Filled with hatred. Distrust. Animosity. When our daughters were growing up, they knew the rules. They followed the rules. Because they knew that the severest discipline was meted out when

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