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Deacon’s Dismissal

Conversation

I saw him most mornings in the entryway of the store where I buy my newspaper. I’d nod and he’d nod. We moved on to casual greetings and, in time, to brief conversations. He had a bed with bath privileges: In by 8:00 o’clock in the evening and out by 8:00 o’clock in the morning….

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Crucifix

Long ago, a New England town, Main Street, ramshackle second-hand store. I entered … old tools, chipped china, photo albums of long ago families. Nothing I needed but, in a wooden box, a jumble of old hymnals, rosary beads, magnetic dashboard figurines. Deep within, a well-worn crucifix, six inches long, metal with inlaid wood. I…

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Jukebox

Long ago … at a tavern … a jukebox … one song … over and over. Bartender Kenny, dime after dime, same song, again and again … Loretta Lynn’s, “The screen door’s a-bangin’, coffee’s boilin’ over and the wash needs a-hangin’.” The jukebox man came weekly, saw how many times that one song played and…

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25 Cents

Quoting Fred Craddock, a remarkable preacher, about giving our lives to Jesus: “We think that giving our all to the Lord is like taking a $1,000.00 bill and laying it on the table — “Here’s my life, Lord. I’m giving it all.” But the reality for most of us is that he sends us to…

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Pennies

The man asked me for bus fare and I gave him every coin in my pocket. I laid them in his palm. He picked out the pennies, dropped them on the sidewalk and they rolled away. I’ve always picked up pennies. Pennies were lucky and five would buy a box of  Sun-Maid Raisins. I once…

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Refrigerators

Veronica and her late husband had a used kitchen appliance store. It’s closed now so Veronica started a ministry of refrigerators for families trying to get a leg up. Everyone needs a refrigerator. Too often that refrigerator needs work. Veronica fixes what they have or finds them one that does work. Veronica will scrub out…

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Billy

Billy was a prisoner for 40 years. I visited him. We drank acrid coffee and gabbed for hours. Guards and prisoners generally liked Billy. He was affable but would bristle if he felt “disrespected.” One day, a man unrelated to Billy, but with Billy’s unusual surname, committed an unspeakable crime. Overnight, to guard and prisoner…

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Hammer

Driving along a treelined street, a boy, maybe twelve, stood by a tree with a hammer. I watched as he struck the tree again and again. I rolled down my window and asked, “What are you doing?” He shrugged and stood still. The tree had a large wound on the trunk, the bark gone. “Why…

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Thanks

I wrote to ask, “How are you?” I received this reply: “We are well, though the worries of the world weigh upon us. Troubles and grief, it would seem, remain the order of the day. Still, we believe that this too shall pass. … We are grateful always for the kind words and generous spirit…

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Chocolate

Supermarket checkout line, trouble ahead, lady’s card declined, she fishes through her purse for another. I wheel my cart around and make a break for a faster line. Another guy is headed for the same line. I pretend not to see him. That was wrong and I say something lame, “Go ahead.” He says, “No,…

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