Playing With Trucks

Playing with Trucks

by Peggy D. In the midst of a what seems like chaos and destruction we receive a moment of grace.  We hear of disease, war, and hatred, and we must take minute to live for that glimpse of divinity. [...]
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A Break In The Clouds

A Break in the Clouds

by Brandon P. I didn’t notice until it was over. And when I finally become aware of it the symptoms returned. It was an oasis. Or the eye of the hurricane.  A parting of the clouds to let the warm sun through. For a few moments everything was still. I had been a ball of anxiety the entire trip. Maybe I was hiding it well, maybe I wasn’t. Regardless, even though we were in Paris, on vacation, and even though I wasn’t working, and even though I had literally nothing to worry about, my mind was racing and I simply couldn’t relax. [...]
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Letting Go

Letting Go

by Mary Z. Several months ago Holly said in her sermon that we need to support each other not only…

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Fascination

Fascination

by John J. When my older son was about 5 or 6 months old, I remember a moment when I was feeding him cereal in the kitchen.  At one point, between bites, he lifted his hand and touched his thumb to each one of the fingers.  He was fascinated by his ability to control his fingers and I was fascinated at watching him make the connection. [...]
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The Woman In The Roller Coaster Line

The Woman in the Roller Coaster Line

by Viannella H. The ride would not go very high, but today was their fifth wedding anniversary and they were out celebrating this special occasion. She had cancer - cervical - but not anymore. Her hair used to be long and curly, but now it was short because of the chemo. She had two adult children, and was told she would not be able to have any more children due to her history of cervical cancer. Her baby was sleeping. The baby was two years old. She never thought she would get pregnant again...so here she was...with a two year-old. Did she mention it was their fifth anniversary? She was married before, but had to get out of that relationship because her ex beat her. Not this new man, though. He was amazing and kind. They were in love. Her older kids liked him. He also had kids from his previous relationship, and she liked them, too. The baby was sleeping just over there. They loved this ride. They enjoyed coming to this park with their family. [...]
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Courage And Happiness

Courage and Happiness

submitted by Judy B. May the Lord, mighty God, bless and keep you forever. Grant you peace, perfect peace, courage in every endeavor.  Lift your eyes and see God's face, and God's grace forever... Our benediction song is my favorite part of the service.  I thought maybe Eli wrote it, but she said that it's an old song, and they sang it in Holly's church when she was young. [...]
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Bike Rides And Breakfast

Bike Rides and Breakfast

by Claire S. Sometimes I find myself unnecessarily worrying and stressing about wanting to live in Colorado after I graduate but at the same time never seeing myself living anywhere but Kansas City. I get caught up trying to decide where I want to be more: Fort Collins and the communities I have found there or KC and my family and the city I know and love. Being away from the busyness and activity of school has brought up that frustration of wanting to be where I’m not. When I get stuck in that loop, I just try to slow down and remind myself that I have so much time to figure out where I want to be in three years, and more importantly, that I am lucky to enjoy both cities. One way I get to enjoy my hometown while I’m here for a measly two-ish months is through Saturdays with my mom. Our new little tradition is to bike to a coffee shop or bakery for Saturday morning breakfasts together and just see where the day leads us. [...]
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Rest

Rest

by Nancy P. I don’t know about you, but right now I feel exhausted.  What does exhausted feel like or mean to you?  It could mean being so sleepy that you can’t stop yawning when you’re in your beautician’s chair or during an important meeting.  There is also the bone deep weariness that comes from emotional, mental and physical burnout.  I fear that may be where I am right now. [...]
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Optimism And Belief

Optimism and Belief

by Sean K. In my life, there have been two things standing as constants: optimism and belief. I have embraced these two guiding principles, and striven in due course to live a better life as a part of the wider human community through them. For me, my faith as a Catholic and as a Christian is an inherently positive one; it is a faith in Resurrection, in Union with the Divine Essence, in the fulfilment of the circle and restoration of humanity to paradise. [...]
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“I Believe”

“I Believe”

by Kelly B. Being a teacher, I covet my summers off as time to relax, reflect, read, and recharge. So, instead of writing a devotional this summer, I have charged my students before the end of the school year to come up with “I believe” statements. These are statements, that under any circumstance, ring true. I think you’ll find the wisdom of these 2nd graders far beyond that of even the most philosophical adult among us. And some, of course, remind us that there is a side of us that continues to dream big! Let the teacher learn from her students. [...]
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Imagine

Imagine

by Michelle B. “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like a rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” (Acts 2:1-4). [...]
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The Monument We’re Building

The Monument We’re Building

by Diana S. There’s been a lot in the news about the civil war monuments that have come down recently, and Holly spoke about them last Sunday. The mayor of New Orleans, and others including Barak Obama have spoken about the choices we’ve made regarding the monuments that we have built, and more significantly, didn’t build, and how revealing it is that there are parts of our past we’d rather remain silent about. [...]
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