Category Archives: creativity

The God of Coincidences

In the spring of 1995, I was taking my family across the border into Mexico to live. All we owned was what we could pack in the trunk of my old Chevy. We were flat broke and unsure of where … Continue reading

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A Singular Coal

A young man had come to a decision. “I will not be attending Church. I need to stand on my feet, and be a Christian my own way.” He was quite adamant about this, and his young wife hadn’t the … Continue reading

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Barrels of Monkeys

“My problems go from bad to worse.     Oh, save me from them all!” Psalm 25:17 If you are over 40 or so, you would’ve known about this simple toy. Today, a little girl came up to me to show me her … Continue reading

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Two O’ Clock in the Morning Poetry, #7

  Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (/ˈsɔrən ˈkɪərkəɡɑrd/ or /ˈkɪərkəɡɔr/; Danish: [ˈsɶːɐn ˈkiɐ̯ɡəɡɒːˀ] ( listen)) (5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher.[5] He wrote critical texts on organized religion, Christendom, morality, ethics, psychology and philosophy of religion, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and parables. … Continue reading

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The Mangled Earrings of Joni Eareckson Tada

I once admired the earrings my friend, Ann, was wearing – they were square, smooth, flat, and made of gold. When I remarked how beautiful they were, she replied, “They’re yours!” Ann then proceeded to take them off and put … Continue reading

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