Category Archives: Prayer

What is a Christian Science Reading Room?

I was in college and had just started a new part-time job at a florist and gift shop.  One day the store’s buyer asked me to hang some new paintings throughout the store.  “Don’t lose my hammer!” she told me as I left … Continue reading

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What do Abraham Lincoln, Mary Baker Eddy and a chaplain at Cook County Jail have in common?

I love to walk through Springfield – to pass Lincoln’s beautiful home on 8th Street (with its wooden sidewalks), the old Capitol building, his former law offices and the place where he attended church.  On my recent stay there, I … Continue reading

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“A Friend like Me!”

My children grew up loving the Disney-animated movie “Aladdin.”   One of their favorite parts was when the genie sings the song, “A friend like me.”  The lyrics include the words, “You ain’t never had a friend like me” – which … Continue reading

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Treasuring Religious Freedom

President Obama has declared January 16, 2017, to be Religious Freedom Day.  This day marks the anniversary of the passage, in 1786, of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom – a statute that its author, Thomas Jefferson, was extremely proud … Continue reading

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Deck the halls with love and forgiveness

I love Christmas.  Like so many other people, I enjoy immensely the illuminated decorations, the beautiful Christmas carols, and sending cards to friends and relatives. And although many of us are preparing for days of family-gathering and gift-giving, let’s not … Continue reading

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The search for courage and healing

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Many individuals and groups are joining together to help raise funds and bring attention to efforts to combat this disease.  Pink (the color signifying these efforts) is everywhere.  Even pro football players can be … Continue reading

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Being safe on campus

         Going off to college can be an extremely exciting time in one’s life.  It opens the door to unlimited opportunities to learn and to grow.  But unfortunately, college life can sometimes expose one to violence.  According to a study led by Christopher … Continue reading

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

A recent post in the Io Triumphe!, the alumnae magazine of Albion College (my wife’s alma mater), highlighted an effort by 75 student athletes to promote respect despite differences among students.  Some of their social media posts quoted here showed … Continue reading

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Protecting our rest

During a particularly stressful time in our lives, a spiritual healer we admired told both my wife and me to make sure we got enough rest.  His words, “Protect your rest,” meant a lot to both of us.  He didn’t tell us how many hours … Continue reading

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Don’t be defined by failure

The Olympics were all they promised to be – full of inspirational stories, wonderful feats of athletic ability, and great victories.  But for some, the Olympics may have also been a disappointment, as athletes’ hopes of winning a medal were … Continue reading

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