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Deacon’s Dismissal

Stone Soup

Stone Soup: A traveler comes into a gathering of hungry people sitting around a fire. “Put water in a pot and I will make Stone Soup!” The water boils and the man adds the stone. “Good … but if only we had a few carrots, it would excel!” Someone has carrots and they are added….

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Boat

A father wanted to teach his young son to sail a boat. The boy sat in the little boat while his father, standing in the water, explained the workings. A gentle breeze came up, and, without a word, the father let go and the boat drifted off. The boy sat motionless. His father called to…

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Downtown

I found a downtown hotel right around the corner from where I needed to be the next morning. The desk clerk put down his paper, “Help you?” The lobby wasn’t much: Stale cigarette smoke, sagging furniture, a fluorescent tube that flickered and died while I stood there. I asked the clerk, “Is this hotel safe?”…

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Erica

Mike called: “Erica’s missing! She doesn’t answer her phone for more’n a week.” I listen as every 30 seconds a pre-recorded message says, “This call is originating from an Ohio correctional facility and may be monitored or recorded.” Mike and Erica plan to marry when Mike gets out in 11 years. Right now, all Mike…

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Church

Sunday morning, another city, looking for a familiar and comfortable church, I saw two spires above the rooftops. It was an inner city church named for a saint I did not know. I was early. I admired the vaulted ceiling with painted angels, the colorful statues of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. I watched as people…

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Recycling

Kenny carried a New Testament in his shirt pocket. It fit, now that Kenny quit smoking. Every month the mailman brought Kenny one of those booklets with daily lessons on scripture but that was too much for the shirt pocket. Kenny took to tearing a few pages out of the booklet and folded them into…

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Side of the road

A letter to a friend: “God is with me on the road. There are times I could use a hand up and God is standing by the side of the road watching, wondering, amused at the fix I have managed to get myself into. Seeing God standing by the road tells me there is great…

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Lotus

In the 30 years it took to raise my three sons, I may have watched Bruce Lee’s classic Enter the Dragon about 600 times. My sons and I know every line of dialogue, every balletic kung fu move. It’s quite a spectacle. One scene in particular has carried me through some tough times. Bruce is…

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India Ink

When I was a boy, we traversed the Caribbean on a freighter, docking at islands to offload freight, then loading fruit and sugar for the mainland. The Captain said to my mother, “You are an artist. Draw for me in my book.” That evening, the Captain’s book open before her, India ink spilled across the…

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Five Dollars

Sunday morning, black shirt and collar, standing in line to buy coffee, the man ahead took his change, turned to me and said, “Do something good with this.” He pressed a five dollar bill into my hand. That five has had me thinking. Should I buy a burger and fries for a hungry person? A…

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