Lessons from a Funeral

Why is it that we have to stand at the threshold of death to honor life? Why does it take putting on our "mourning" black to appreciate the miraculous hue of life? Whether we stand at the graveside or hear in passing an antidote of tragedy, each provides a wake-up

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Kintsugi

Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing broken porcelain with gold lacquer. It is said to have originated in the late 15th century when the Japanese Emperor sent his damaged pottery back to China to be repaired. He ordered it not to be mended with the traditional

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Gratitude

"What if you woke up tomorrow and everything that you forgot to thank God for the day before was taken away." This is my Birthday week! And unlike most who fret, ignore, or lament their birthday

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The Month of Mae

Take a look at this picture. This is a wise beyond her years six year old who has more courage, resilience, and "living hope" in her small frame than most of us could muster in an entire lifetime. Meet Mae! Not once, but twice she has taken on cancer, two grueling years

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No Pain, No Gain

I can remember in my Junior Tennis days running what was surely my 50th suicide drill on the tennis court, and hearing my coach yelling those words across the court, "no pain, no gain." I didn't like the phrase then (or the suicide drills) and I surely don't like it

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The Emmanuel Bell

This past Holy Week, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris celebrated its 850th Birthday. To commemorate this special occasion, the Cathedral was gifted with a new set of bells. On Palm Sunday the bridges and gardens around the Cathedral overflowed with people to hear the first ringing of the Cathedral's new

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