What’s Thanksgiving to You?

What’s Thanksgiving to You?

The maple in the front yard is looking wet, brown, and droopy. Leaves are scattered across the lawn. A light rain falls. It looks like Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving. It’s too warm. And, how is Thanksgiving supposed to be feel? Colder, maybe a few snowdrifts heaped here and there. That’s my mental […]

In the Face of Danger

In the Face of Danger

A cool wind stirs the leaves on the maple. The leaves are, one by one and in bunches, turning to gold and orange. With a lot of green mixed it, the tree is really beautiful. We need rain, but not as badly as the people in Colorado and California and other states, particularly in the […]

The Wisdom of Listening

The Wisdom of Listening

Our governor in Arkansas has declared this a day of prayer, of asking the Lord to protect us and to lift the plague of this world-wide virus. Prayer is a quiet thing, but it is the most powerful weapon we have. When we seemingly have no control, we turn to the One who has all […]

Prayers

Prayers

  The Prayer of Jabez–Oh, that thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldst keep me from evil, that it might not grieve me! (I Chronicles 4:10). The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi–Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where […]

Of Presidents and Pines

Of Presidents and Pines

Happy Presidents Day. This is a good day to reflect on why we have presidents instead of kings, czars, or some other autocratic ruler. Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that these men, elected to the highest office in the land, with all the weight of crucial decisions on their shoulders are, first of […]

The Prayer of Cyrus Brown

The Prayer of Cyrus Brown

  “The proper way for a man to pray,”     Said Deacon Lemuel Keyes, “And the only proper attitude     Is down upon his knees.” “No, I should say the way to pray,”     Said Rev. Doctor Wise, “Is standing straight with outstretched arms     And rapt and upturned eyes.” “Oh, no; no, no,” said Elder Slow,     “Such posture […]

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