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Deacon’s Dismissal

Test

Scripture’s plain: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” I did. Once. In a graveyard. I said, “OK, God! If you’re here, show yourself!” I waited. Minutes passed. Then it came, traversing the field of tombstones, a shadow from the distant tree-line, quick, silent and right at me. I ducked! The shadow went…

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Cure

What will cure what ails us? What potion or pill will lift the pall and let the sun shine in? What might be the remedy for sickness or malaise? We all want the fix! For Dr. George Sheehan, a cardiologist in his 60’s, it was running that changed his life. For each of us, it…

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Broken

At the museum, I stand before an ancient statue of the Buddha, his hands and nose long ago broken off. Vandals did the same to statues of the church’s saints, breaking off ears, fingers and toes of any unguarded statue of a saint … even a figure of Jesus! Perhaps it’s not vandals but faithful…

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Refresh

The man worked hard and met his obligations. He did what was expected of him and then some. Worked. Volunteered. Went to church, sang in the choir, served on committees. Always on the go, he looked like a car with two flats and no gas. One day I saw him looking rested and refreshed. I…

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Lens

A knot of people worked their way around an old man on hands and knees, patting the sidewalk. “Crazy,” said a man, pushing through. Someone said, “Shouldn’t someone call someone?” A small boy and his mother, holding hands, watched the man pat the pavement. The boy pulled away, squatted in front of the old man….

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Letters

She had been writing to prisoners since prisons were invented. She wrote to prisoners in this country and prisoners in faraway lands. She instructed me, “Use good rag paper, not the cheap ditto stuff. Use a good pen, write big and bold with indelible, waterproof ink, not the smeary, dime-store ink.” What difference did it…

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Revelation

My Dad called him “contumacious,” a three dollar word for stubborn. The man felt ill-used by everyone. He quit every filling station and grocer in town and drove to the neighboring county for gas or a bag of groceries. He treated his family the same way and there wasn’t one family member that he hadn’t…

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Baseball

I watched a kids’ baseball game. The players, umpires and managers all wore uniforms. There was a concession stand, electric scoreboard, pristine grass. Then laughter from a nearby field where a ragtag collection of kids played baseball without uniforms or umpires. Everyone batted until they got a hit. Everyone cheered for the batter, even the…

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Saved

I asked the prisoner, “Anyone else visit you?” He replied, “Well, there’s some preachers come to talk Bible with me. I hear ‘em out and they might bring me coffee and a donut but I won’t let ‘em save me.” I asked, “You’re just set against being saved?” Billy drank coffee and ate donut. “Oh,…

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Groceries

She showed me an old check made out to her for $12.88. “Can you cash this for me? I need groceries.” I looked at the ragged check and handed her a twenty. “Pay me back when you cash that check.” I was darn sure I’d never see that twenty again, more the fool I, but…

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