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Now that we are in daylight savings time, we have light extending into the evenings.  This change benefits spring sports practices which are hard to have when it gets dark around six in the evening.  But with the extended light, these and other activities can take place because the light enables us to see.  Being…

Water is an essential element of life and makes up about sixty percent of our bodies.  It helps us regulate our body temp, aids in digestion and has many other benefits.  Our need for water is highlighted in our thirst when we do intense exercise or are exposed to extreme heat.  In drier and desert…

Have you ever been in a situation with others that has moved you to the point of thinking or feeling like you did not want to leave that place or that experience?  It is one of those moments when you desire to savor the experience for an extended time.  Why?  We desire to stay in…

“Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return.”  I heard this phrase every Ash Wednesday growing up.  It signaled our communal entry into this 40 day period of Lent marked by prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  The use of the word “dust” in that phrase hearkens back to creation and underscores our mortality,…

Worry.  It seems to be a constitutive part of human life.  It can be oppressive and intense at times, depending on our life situation.  A single mother barely getting by can feel an ever-present worry about how to provide for her family.  Our culture, obsessed with appearances, can cause worry in the average person about…

What does it mean to be perfect?  Webster’s dictionary gives a definition of “being entirely without fault or defect: flawless.”  A quest for perfection can lead us to achieve great things, but it can also lead to damage.  Since we are human, being “without fault” is not something we can achieve.  Our society tends to…

Law

Laws are important for any society.  They give us a structure for living as a community.  We have courts, judges, police forces and law makers all to help our law making and keeping.  In Jesus’ time, the Jews had additional religious laws that impacted their everyday lives.  These religious laws flowed from the Ten Commandments…

Salt is a great commodity that is appreciated for highlighting the flavor of food.  Salt enhances flavors and brings out a diversity of palates.  Knowledge of how much to use is important so that a dish does not become too salty.  But have you ever experienced salt losing its taste? Jesus references this in today’s…

Pride comes in all different forms.  Most of us have pride for something we have done or accomplished, but we might also be proud of our children for something they have done or achieved.  We could have pride in organizations with which we are associated or for which we volunteer.  We could be proud of…

Light is a wonderful and necessary element for our living.  It enables our ability to see, to know and to understand the world around us.  The quality of that light affects our living.  Too much light can overwhelm us, such as when we stare into the sun, and too little can create a challenge for…

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