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GETTING PRUNED TO THE ROOTS

Like much of the foliage in our area, abundant rain has transformed a bush near our front door into a self-contained jungle. But in recent weeks, it was no longer contained as its vibrant leaves encroached the walkway, slapping me in the face every time I passed by....

LESSON OF THE TUTU AND LOCKER ROOM

She wore a pink tutu and even though she was just a toddler, her movements reflected the inner dance-the joy-that such dress invokes. Her dark eyes matched her shoulder-length curls, which bobbed with each step.   She spotted the wall of wooden lockers and...

LOOK UP CHILD!

Jesus had been traveling the countryside teaching and, in the case of the religious leaders, correcting false doctrine. It was a common theme in the Gospels. In Mark 7, for instance, He addresses multiple topics, chastising both the Scribes and the Pharisees for...

LIVING AS A FOOL

Emerald hills. Poofy clouds. Colbalt skies. Red noses and eyes. All signs of spring. Oh, and April Fools. April 1 is one of those awkward days. It's fun to dish out but not always to take. It's often a day of uneasy apprehension as we wait for a lurking surprise;...

IN SEARCH OF A QUICK FIX

"Temporarily closed for repairs," read the sign on a bathroom stall. It's not uncommon to see variants of such signs on public restrooms across the country. I've run into them many times—usually when the need is most inconvenient. It happened last week while at a gas...

ONE SIZE FITS ALL

In America's highly consumer-driven environment the one-size-fits-all concept has become a popular selling mantra. It's used to peddle everything from sweaters to baseball hats. Over the years, politicians and authors have used the phrase to appeal to wider audiences....

TACKLING A CLOUDY PERSPECTIVE

The bed was toasty. Flannel sheets and a quilt created a hard-to-leave cocoon. The window was open just wide enough to hear the rain bouncing off of the patio wall. It was Saturday and there was no rush to leave such comfort behind. I stirred a bit and Eugene, working...

CLEAN SLATE

The man was decked out in worn work clothes, gloves and a broom. Moments earlier he parted ways with a younger co-worker who disappeared from sight, on his own quest to spiff up another section of the property. With his back turned on his buddy, the older gentleman...

SECOND CHANCES

I had seen her before. A young teenager, either socially awkward or a bit developmentally slow. But now we are in the locker room and she comments about how tricky it is to put on her swimsuit. I offer to snap it in the back and she relinquishes the straps. I struggle...

THE LESSON OF THE LETTERS

Razorblade in hand, Michael diligently scraped the lettering off the front window. As he did, the orange and brown logo that had graced the front entry of the church for nearly 10 years spilled to the ground. "You should take a picture," someone offered. "I don't want...

LESSON FROM THE CHURCH IN A BOX

On Sunday, I was resting in a chair in the back alley, standing guard over a load or two of the church's belongings while several peeps were unloading cars and trucks at our new storage unit. While I was waiting, a text came in with a picture of our folding chairs...

BEYOND THE FANFARE

He stood on the concrete floor, staring into the store. At times he shifted his gaze as he paced in front of the glass windows. The pattern broke as he occasionally looked over his right shoulder, then his left as shoppers passed by behind him. The ritual went on for...