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Unsinkable People in Unthinkable Stoms

Unsinkable People in  Unthinkable Stoms

News of a triple tragedy in the lives of longtime friends sent me to the telephone to assure them of our concern and prayers.  Their daughter, Carol, had died, the…

Still Valentines?

Still Valentines?

“Doesn’t anybody stay together anymore?” asked a once popular song.  Sadly, it’s a question that’s still in tune with today’s marriage miseries.  Home breakups are the major tragedy of our…

Expect your greatest year

Expect your greatest year

Standing at the portal of a new year can be intimidating; especially if the past one has been painful.  We’re tempted then to expect a repeat performance during the year…

What part of ‘Fear Not” don’t you understand?

What part of ‘Fear Not” don’t you understand?

Who would have thought a children’s Christmas program would make such a lasting impression on me? I’ve been going to programs like this one for more than half a century.…

Go ahead: Brighten somebody’s day!

Go ahead: Brighten somebody’s day!

Recently, friends sent the following anonymous quote to me: “This is the beginning of a new day.  God has given me this day to use as I will.  I can…

Light for dark days

Light for dark days

When Reinnie Barth was appointed a missionary to Germany, following World War Two, he knew he was going to serve in a difficult place during a tough time.  But this…

Opportunities in disguise

Opportunities in disguise

For nearly a year, our church had been preparing for a week-long youth outreach headed by a well known speaker.  Then, shortly before the kick-off date, I discovered there was…

Thanksgiving: the antidote for anger

Thanksgiving: the antidote for anger

  We’ve become an angry people. Reasons for our anger range from the fear of another terrorist attack, becoming the victim of a violent crime or to what some see…

Blazing sunsets and harvest moons

Blazing sunsets and harvest moons

There we were, standing at one of our favorite places: near the end of a pier extending into Lake Michigan at sunset.  On the drive to the big lake, Pauline…

Fall’s color classic outscored the football game

Fall’s color classic outscored the football game

Duty called me from the couch where I was watching a college football game, one of my favorite pastimes.  We were planning to leave on a trip to New York…