New Life Episcopal Church

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Deacon’s Dismissal

Lullabies

There are newborn babies in the hospital nursery who cry out but there is no mother there to hear them, no mother to take them up and hold them. Abandoned or born addicted or simply forgotten, these babies are alone. The nurses do what they can but it is the volunteers who come to hold…

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Good Christian

She said, “I don’t feel like a good Christian. I don’t have time to pray. Sometimes I whisper words when things aren’t going well. All I can say is, ’Help me, Lord!’ And feeding homeless folks like the church does on Saturdays? Lord, I can barely get the baloney between the bread for my own…

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Bicycle

Some days there is a one-armed man with a bicycle in the drugstore parking lot. When he sees me, he walks over, pushing his bike. I’ve never seen him ride it. We talk for few minutes about sports, the weather and whatnot. One day I gave him a dollar and a man in a van…

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Mama Cat

We have a raggedy old cat who comes around to eat and, come winter, to sleep inside. Her name is Mama. The county spayed her and clipped off a fair sized piece of her ear so when the cat police stop by they will know she’s been fixed. Mama’s nigh on feral. She will sometimes…

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Penny

The woman at the register says to the man, “That’ll be $5.58.” The man offers her a rumpled five dollar bill. Then he fishes through his pockets for two quarters, a nickel and three pennies. He drops the coins from a few inches above the cashier’s outstretched hand. A penny rolls away. He says, “Sorry!”…

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Spaghetti

Joshua and I went to an Italian restaurant to celebrate his graduation from the sixth grade. From a poor family, Joshua struggled academically. All year we worked together, learning how to learn, practicing multiplication tables, filling in blanks on homework papers. At the restaurant, I helped Joshua choose a spaghetti dinner from the menu. As…

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Prisoner

“Why visit him?” he asked me. “He’s a prisoner!” Like I didn’t know that. Still, the question made me think. I believe visiting prisoners has done me some good. I like our shared meals from the vending machines. And, it’s a change of pace for me, accustomed as I’ve become to coming and going as…

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Happiness

The question was simple, “What does God want for us?” The old man answered, “God wants us to be happy.” The young man looked at the pavement, then at the sky, then at the old man. “That’s it? God’s gonna make me happy?” The old man looked at the pavement, then at the sky, and…

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Hairstyle

It was cancer. The treatments had started. My friend felt terrible when a few strands of her hair fell out. We went to a stylist who understood. In tears, my friend sat in the chair and the woman went to work. She cut a little here, cut a little there, turning the chair to the…

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Content

James lives in Castlebar, County Mayo, a poor and, in places, desolate part of Ireland. Half the homes are empty. James, his wife Fionna and their six children live in an old stone barracks attached to a lighthouse. They burn peat to cook and stay warm. They hike the mountains, visit neighbors, go to church…

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