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What’s mine is yours

April 1, 1960, 18 and my Sweet Al, 24, we had no idea what we were doing or saying. Sixty-four years later, we have changed, but some things have remained the same as when we stood before the …

Hit the ball and drag Joe

The search started with a punchline. My daughter said to me, “I was trying to remember the joke we always told in the family: Hit the ball and drag Joe.”   She said, “I …

Take time to care for others

My daughter came home with sermon notes from Sunday church. She read them to me. I stopped her at the first point. “Wow. This is what I’ve been saying. Christians are the moral conscience …

Sleeping single in a double bed

The phone rang. Our children invited us to go to Arizona with them. It would be a quick trip, four days, lots of fun, great food, fix my Sweet Al’s hearing aids, celebrate my grandson’s …

We need more grace

The best of times and the ugliest of times: 2023 gave us things to rejoice over, but a lot to cry about. God hid His face from us. He was there all the time, but we couldn’t see Him. We were …

Your gift is not for you

On the evening of March 28, 1990, the Chicago Bulls played the Cleveland Cavaliers. Michael Jordan led his team to victory, 117-113. His scoring brought him to a career high of 69 points, giving him …

When God won’t turn loose

When God won’t turn loose of us it’s a good thing. He wants something more from us. He becomes redundant, like a gnawing, a constant reminder in our hearts until we say, “OK.” …

Should I stop breathing for them?

When I didn’t think life could get any more ridiculous, people have surprised me. Oh me, the foolishness of this age.   Recently, we heard in the news that those who deem themselves …

Will they cry for me after I’m gone?

We begin a new year and leave behind an old one. We lost friends in 2023. The thought makes me ponder as to what we’re doing these last years of our lives. Are we leaving behind anything of …

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