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Deacon’s Dismissal

Tuning

At the symphony, Mitsuko Uchida walked from side stage to the Steinway concert grand, bowed low, sat on the bench and raised her hands to the orchestra. Mitsuko Uchida would both conduct and play Mozart piano concertos. I was mesmerized. At intermission, two men in dark suits went to the piano, inserted a wrench into…

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Star

Far, far away, deep in the outer reaches of space, another civilization lives on a planet much like our own … or not at all like our own! We will communicate with these people and tell them of an intense, bright star seen two thousand years ago in our eastern sky. We will tell of…

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Returns

Long ago, Santa gave me a 250 piece jigsaw puzzle. I put it together on Christmas Day and found there were pieces missing. My mother allowed that we could return Santa’s gift at the local five-and-dime. The next day we went. There was a line. A sign said: “Your money cheerfully returned if not delighted!”…

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Gift Exchange

The second-grade Christmas Gala came and Santa was hosting a gift exchange. Shopping with my parents, we settled on a box of 24 colored pencils. We wrapped the pencils and hurried to the Gala but we were late and I was one of the last, tired kids to sit on Santa’s knee. I tore the…

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Reading

Gruff, with calloused hands, Andy was retired after fifty years at the mill. In our church, Andy was a quiet, steady presence in the choir and at Bible study. One day, Andy said he wanted to do something to help people. Our priest asked, “Well, what can you do?” Answer: “I can run a crane and I’m…

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Vegetarian

We were a mixed group visiting West Texas. We had been invited to a Texas steakhouse by Texans. Branding irons and steer horns were the decor. We sat at a big table. The waitress came, “What’ll ya’ll have?” Orders were taken. A man at our table, the last to order, spoke in a loud voice,…

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Presence

“I am glad I answered your call today though sorry for the news you shared with me. I will remain prayerful about this and listen intently to God for what I am to say or do, though often God would have me say or do nothing, only to be silent, a listener and a friend,…

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Thank You

The words ‘Thank You’ open our hearts to God’s love. Lord, thank you for the loving hands that prepared this food. Lord, thank you for the rough hands of persons unknown to us, strangers in the fields who worked to gather this food for our table. May they be with us in spirit. May this…

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Sophia

I’ve visited for years at the men’s homeless shelter in Cleveland but today, for the first time, I visited at the women’s shelter. Sophia was born in Armenia. Her grandparents survived the genocide and began the long, circuitous journey to the United States. Sophia cared for her parents until they died. She lived in their…

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Stamps

The man looked lost in the post office lobby. I asked him what he wanted. Stamps? Mail a letter? He looked about and said softly, “I best go now.” He turned toward the steps. I walked beside him. A van, a woman in the driver’s seat, waited. I helped him with his seatbelt. She asked…

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