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Deacon’s Dismissal

First aid

With the recent spate of gun violence comes a question: “What is to be my response?” Thoughts and prayers alone won’t cut it so I’m considering a one day first aid trauma course. I’d be trained to render immediate care to anyone hurt in any sort of accident … gunshot wounds included. It’s unlikely that…

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Injustice

As a boy, I told my father of a perceived injustice, a situation that must straightaway be set to rights. I cannot recall what had me in such a lather, some minor vexation that I had recalibrated into a matter of urgency. I set it all out for my father. I then justified my inability…

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Bad leg

After church, a man asks if I’ll drive him home. “Bad leg. Can’t walk.” I ask where he lives. “We got to go over by the highway.” We drive. Then he tells me to get on the highway. At 70 miles an hour he keeps saying, “Almost there … a little farther … keep going…

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Autograph

I was ten when my dad took me to see the Indians play the Yankees. Mostly, I wanted a player to sign my baseball. My dad was decidedly skeptical. At seventh inning stretch, an important looking man in a dark suit walked by. I said, “Mister! Sign my baseball!” Without a word, he wrote upon…

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Sabbath

Saturday morning, it was the Jewish Sabbath and I, needing a widget, drove to the Big Box Store. I passed people walking to their synagogues … women in full-length skirts, men in felt hats. I saw a young man, perhaps half my age, in a dark suit, a prayer shawl under his jacket. I felt…

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Dismissal

The Deacon’s Dismissals I write every week now number over three hundred. They each allude to the deacon’s (or the priest’s) dismissal at the end of the eucharistic service, “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” In the Eucharist, we have met God. Then we go forth to make the world a better…

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Alone time

My cousin died leaving her Chow dog, Molly. Her sister, Lee, might have adopted Molly but Molly was too big and rambunctious. Lee found a Chow rescue home a few hours away. At the rest stop, I held the leash as Molly slipped her collar and ran into the dense woods. I was distraught. Lee…

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Blessing

Two men sit at a table, men like any other at a table like any other. One man is a prisoner, chained to the table. The other man is free. One is a Muslim, the other a Christian. The conversation is animated and light. They listen, laugh, reminisce and speak of what might one day…

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Armored car

I was barely 21 when I took a notion to buy an old Brinks armored car. It was a lark, nothing I needed, but I set about getting one. I wrote letters and ended up on a long distance, operator assisted telephone call to a man in Texas. He had dozens of old armored cars….

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Poor

Evelyn Underhill (1875 -1941) was an Anglican intellectual, pacifist and writer on mysticism. She once received advice from Austrian religious writer and Christian apologist Friedrich von Hügel (1852-1925) who thought Evelyn too enthralled by ideas: “I believe you ought to get yourself, gently and gradually, interested in the poor; that you should visit them, very…

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