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Most of us are familiar with the phrase, there are “two sides to the same coin.”  It indicates a difference, as one side is not like the other.  The recognition of the coin’s two sides in that saying is used to illustrate an “either/or” nature within our choices.  It is indicative of a certain dualism…

Most of us have been to a banquet of some kind in our lives, whether for recognition of someone professionally, through our child’s school, at a wedding feast or at our own CMOQ Homecoming celebration.  Webster describes a banquet as; “a sumptuous feast; an elaborate and often ceremonious meal.” Most of us enjoy being invited…

The news about the mass shooting in Las Vegas last weekend was disturbing news to receive to say the least.  Every time there is an occurrence of this type, my heart breaks.  It raises the question of why?  Why do these people do this?  Why are people led to make these terribly destructive choices?  Not…

What happens when someone forgives you?  What is your reaction?  Is it relief? Humility?  Gratitude or something else?  Being the recipient of forgiveness from someone can move us to a different place, can broaden our empathy for others, can make our hearts more loving.  It feels good to receive such forgiveness and is something we…

Anyone who has cared for children knows that tough love is an essential element for their well-being.  I once heard one parent say, “My role is not to be my child’s friend, but rather to guide them into making the right decisions.”  Tough love has applications beyond childhood, but is important there are it helps…

All of us encounter some kind of obstacle at some point in life.  Obstacles are things that keep us back from achieving what we can or being all that we can be.  They can be difficult because we are left to resolve the conflict that they bring to us. This is what Peter is for…

Identity is an important thing.  Our government tracks our identity via fingerprinting and SSI numbers.  We have more freedom with our identity.  We can craft and create an identity for ourselves that corresponds to who we believe ourselves to be.  With social media platforms we can display that identity for all (we invite) to see. …

Summer is a time when we like to slow down and “vacate” from our normal routines and indulge in some time apart at our favorite recreational places.  It is sacred time, a time to refresh and gain perspective by stepping out of those routines.  It is also a great time to enjoy the radiance of…

Some scholars suggest that Jesus’ work as a carpenter involved creating such farming devices as oxen yokes, plows and wagons, which created a familiarity that spilled into his parables since, many of them have to do with agrarian life.  This is the second week that farming is the focus of Jesus’ message.  Rather than focus…

Spring provides a great opportunity to plant a garden.  In the summer, we watch them grow.  If you are such a person who plants a garden, it can be a tricky endeavor.  The growth is effected by how the soil receives the seed or plant.  It can be to acidic, have too much clay, be…

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