Tag: help

  • Misplaced Sense of Shame

    Misplaced Sense of Shame

      Alienation. To be estranged, hostile or indifferent, especially where attachment formerly existed. We most typically think of alienation as the thing that occurs when couples separate or divorce. Alienation always precedes such break-ups. Bookstores have a wide swath of self-help books for those dealing[..]
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  • Since Satan Moved Into the White House

    Since Satan Moved Into the White House

      I recently read a note from someone saying, "I'm not big on Jesus Christ, but I like the family gatherings and gift-giving part of Christmas and the spirituality of it." I winced. Poor maligned Jesus, always getting the blame for the wrongs others do.[..]
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  • The God of Doom

    The God of Doom

      Today's Cavalry comes wearing white lab coats and goggles. Those researchers and scientists who have gone without food and sleep in an effort to develop a vaccine that will surely save lives, hundreds of thousands of lives. These people are not celebrities. We may[..]
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  • Oregon Wildfires: Find the Helpers

    Oregon Wildfires: Find the Helpers

    Years ago, Tim and I lived in a part of Oregon prone to wildfires due to lightning strikes on the mountain. Every summer, fire crews would camp in town to go fight fires in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. One summer it was so bad, Tim[..]
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  • As Americans Lay Dying

    As Americans Lay Dying

    I went to a store today that I had not been to in 3 months. I quit going before masks were mandated because it felt dangerous to shop in a store where people got right up next to me unmasked. Here in Oregon, we have[..]
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  • Please Pray for Me

    Please Pray for Me

    I can't stop thinking about him and I don't even know who he is. Every Sunday during church service we have a time set aside for prayer. Anyone in need of prayer can write out a request and put it in the donation basket. Pastor[..]
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  • Gone in a Flash

    Gone in a Flash

      When the neighbors moved in next door, the very first thing I asked was that they keep their Great Dane on the north side of the house. Their Great Dane is huge. I worried about their dog tearing up the new privacy fence Tim[..]
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  • Choosing the Simple Way

    Choosing the Simple Way

    I've had a good life, and was born to and among people I've admired and loved. - Wendell Berry   I happened upon this gravestone at a church yard in Tennessee recently. I was there to pay my respects to a beloved uncle who had[..]
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  • Don’t Give Up

    Don’t Give Up

    My daughter Shelby thanked me for providing her with a sheltered and mostly joyous childhood. She was prompted to do so shortly after I shared my latest dream with her. The dream came to me in a dozing stage, that early sleep when you are[..]
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