Category Archives: transparency

Dancing With Bruises

Bruises seem to be part of life’s package to us. Some will be serious, most minor. But each are noted, and some will just have to be endured. Dancers are some of the most wonderful people I know. Their gracefulness can … Continue reading

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Battle Scars

It is a bad habit to try to teach without personal knowledge. We can preach, but we do not possess. This is one of the occupational hazards of those of us in our profession. It seems to carry a horrible curse … Continue reading

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I Still Grieve (But I Now I’m at Peace)

‘Who gathered this flower?’ The gardener answered, ‘The Master.’ And his fellow servant held his peace.” It was November 13th, in the year of our Lord 1999, was unlike any day I have ever experienced. A beating with a baseball … Continue reading

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Pathetic Has an Upside

  “And this is the reason: God lives forever and is holy. He is high and lifted up. He says, “I live in a high and holy place… (pause for emphasis) but I also live with people who are sad … Continue reading

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When Sin Brutalizes You

There are three things for certain. #1 You will never forget your sins. #2 God has forgotten them. #3 The Devil will try very hard to condemn you for your past.   There are some days that are harder then others.  You see, I … 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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Everything is Broken

  I’m really sad today.  There are just too much hurts, too many casualties, too many victims.  Job’s own reflection was that “man is born to trouble, as the sparks fly upward” [not really sure I know what the last … Continue reading

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