Poking the sea anemones

Be honest…do you poke the sea anemones when you see them in tide pools at the beach? It’s sort of hard to resist. They’re so exotic and tropical, and their recoiling feature always makes me want to stick a shell in to their soft center so I can watch them curl up in a tight, […]

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What would your departed loved ones say?

My grandmother died this weekend, and her passing has gotten me thinking again about the perspectives of people in heaven. Do you ever wonder what your departed loved ones would say to you now that they’ve spent some time there? Whether they’ve been there six months or several decades I’m sure their perspective on our […]

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Job versus the Proverbs

The biblical books of Proverbs and Job appear to be polar opposites. The former presents practical wisdom for living the best life possible, and the latter is a story of the best life gone bad. The one offers success formulas that are supposed to work, and the other says, “I’ve done all of those things […]

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Bitter herbs

Well my daughters have officially reached a milestone in their march toward adolescence. They’ve said goodbye to tasty, bubble gum flavored amoxicillin, and started taking their medicine the adult way–by swallowing big, nasty pills.  Do you remember the trauma of trying to swallow your first pill? You had to get it far enough back that […]

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Your funeral script

Image via Wikipedia While traveling through Europe the summer after my high school graduation I made an interesting observation about many of the ancient cathedrals–their walls were often adorned with the likenesses of human skulls. Although a Pirates of the Caribbean skull-laden decor is the last look I would want in my own church, I think […]

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