Lessons Learned on the Journey

Entries in the Love category

Is this community?

There they were - hundreds of people with iPods and MP3 players dancing in the middle of Paddington Train Station in London...what is going on? I was momentarily frightened until I discovered that…

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Spiritual Clothing

As a young boy, visits from my maternal grandparents were infrequent but much anticipated. After they visited, I could count on one of my friends saying, "Who was with you on Saturday, they…

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Learning at the Cold End of the Stethoscope

I have had the privilege of learning under many extraordinary teachers. However, some of my best teachers have been the unexpected and difficult life circumstances which offer learning that cannot…

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Be a Blessing!

Often as I leave for work my wife will say to me, “Be a blessing”. Her words indicate her great expectations for me that day. I leave with the opportunity to bestow gifts of mercy, love…

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Overlooking an Offense

In her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin chronicles the impact of Lincoln’s kindness to his enemies even as they attacked and smeared him.…

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Temperance in all things

It was the morning of my flight from Vienna to Philadelphia. When I fly west, I try to eat only a small breakfast since food will be served on the airplane throughout the day. On this day I intended…

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Extraordinary in the Ordinary

I was a guest - not a member of the family, but treated like one. Examining the outside - the seen - this family is extraordinary. Musical, athletic, and academic talent seem to ooze from their…

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You must be kidding, forgive?

Forgiveness is a daily struggle for me. Anger and thoughts of revenge come naturally to me. How can I obediently respond to Jesus’ mandate to forgive - even my enemies? In October 2006, ten…

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Empathy

"He (Abraham Lincoln) won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and…

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Created for Him

Sometimes my self-image teeters between positive and negative, depending on the kind of feedback I receive. Amazingly after all these years my self-worth often depends upon my feelings. How could…

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