Pouring a heart before God.

It’s about 1100 BC, give or take a few decades. In Greece, it is a time between civilizations. In China, the Shang dynasty is ending, the first of the Chinese civilizations. Rome doesn’t exist yet, as a civilization that we know. And in Israel, there is a woman named Hannah who wants a son. Her […]

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Looking for energy?

“But I don’t have the energy.” For the third time in the conversation I said “I would think [X] through but I don’t have the energy.” I made a note in my journal to find the energy to figure out why I was using that excuse. Because it was an excuse. I was telling my […]

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Learning to pay attention.

The couple at the other end of our long table was debating about something. I didn’t want to listen closely. It sounded like one of those, “But you said.” “No I didn’t.” debates that get nowhere but aggravated. They settled back to silence, looking at their phones. I turned back to Tim. “I’ve been wanting […]

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Saint John and the Cubs.

Nancy and I walked past Arnie’s Jerseys and Stuff. It’s the local sports memorabilia store. We usually ignore it, not being fans of the teams, the old players, or the markups. This time I stopped, staring at the Ernie Banks Cubs uniform shirt. It was part of a display of Cubs items. After they won […]

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John the recognizer

One day, John looked up and saw Jesus walking toward him. I’m not sure that he recognized his relative. As far as we know, they hadn’t seen each other ever. But we know that John had been given instructions on how to recognize the king. How to recognize the one he had been pointing people […]

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